Aeromed firm’s ticket reinstated
NTSB Administrative Law Judge William Pope II last month reversed an FAA emergency order of revocation issued in June that grounded Punta Gorda, Fla.-based aeromed transport company Air Trek. During last month’s NTSB hearing, the law judge found only two violations related to flight operations that occurred at Air Trek’s Winchester, Va. base, which was closed more than a year before the revocation order. According to the judge, the Winchester pilots did not follow the company’s specifications in reporting mechanical irregularities and calculating weight-and-balance, but Pope said these violations were not “directed, caused or permitted” by management. As a result, the FAA did not present evidence to support a finding that Air Trek “lacks the qualifications necessary to hold an air carrier certificate,” resulting in reinstatement of the company’s Part 135 certificate.