Charter Industry Silent about AMI Jet’s FAA Suspension

 - October 9, 2007, 11:42 AM

The consequences of the FAA’s emergency suspension of AMI Jet Charter’s Part 135 certificate last week are not yet immediately apparent. Aircraft charter operators asked by AIN what they thought the AMI suspension could mean for the charter/management industry said they had no comment. Given the FAA’s suspension of a high-profile charter operator’s certificate, charter firms are likely hesitant to draw attention to themselves lest the FAA decide to shift its attention to them. Charter auditing firm Aviation Research Group/U.S. audited AMI last November, according to ARG/US president Joe Moeggenberg. “The AMI certificate was one of the better operations that we audited in 2006,” he said. The FAA investigation of AMI began more than six months ago. If safety of flight truly was compromised, he said, “Why wasn’t this certificate suspended a long time ago? I think the FAA was trying to get the attention of the industry and I think they succeeded.” According to an FAA spokesman, “In AMI’s case, they were the subject of our continuing review of operational control. Even after we notified AMI in mid-September of the deficiencies we had discovered, they were unable to demonstrate compliance in a subsequent inspection early in October. We then made the determination they should not continue to hold an air carrier certificate.” Although charter operators are remaining silent, this might not be the best move. “This is a very serious issue that the whole industry needs to take notice of,” Moeggenberg said. As for AMI Jet Charter, a company spokesman told AIN this afternoon that the company “is working to get back up and running as quickly as possible. While we retain the right to pursue all available options, AMI continues to focus all of our current efforts on working with the FAA to restore our authority to operate.”