FAA Proposes $359,000 Penalty against SkyWest

 - January 31, 2011, 8:30 AM

The FAA has proposed $359,000 in civil penalties against St. George, Utah-based SkyWest Airlines for three separate alleged FAR violations. The largest penalty, which could cost SkyWest $220,000, involves an alleged failure to document heavy checked bags, motorized mobility aids and a heavy shipment carried in the cargo compartment of the company’s passenger aircraft. Two other cases involved maintenance of the company’s Bombardier CRJs. In the first case, the FAA proposed a fine of $70,500, alleging that the company operated a CRJ on at least five revenue passenger flights while not in compliance with proper maintenance procedures to fix an avionics system cooling problem. The FAA also alleges that SkyWest operated another CRJ on eight revenue passenger flights after mechanics failed to follow proper procedures when replacing the right air conditioning pack’s pressure-regulating and shutoff valve. The FAA has proposed a penalty of $68,500 for that alleged violation.