FAA Proposes Fine against Chautauqua

 - May 27, 2010, 11:57 AM

The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a $348,000 civil penalty against Republic Airways subsidiary Chautauqua Airlines for its alleged failure to perform inspections required by five different FAA airworthiness directives (ADs).

FAA investigations found that problems with Chautauqua’s management of its maintenance program and its system for tracking the status of airworthiness directives led to the alleged violations. The agency alleges that eight different Chautauqua Bombardier CRJs conducted more than 9,900 flights before the airline performed the inspections for cracks in the lower wing planks, a procedure required every 5,000 hours. Four other violations allegedly involved a failure to follow a directive involving cracks in a different section of the lower wings, an overdue inspection of electrical relays, a late inspection of a CRJ’s GE engines and a failure to replace an inertial navigation unit on an Embraer ERJ145.