FAA Investigating Google Boeing 767 Operator

 - November 15, 2007, 10:46 AM

The FAA confirmed yesterday that it is investigating the operations of Elan Express, a Part 125 certificate holder partially owned by TAG Aviation USA that operates a Boeing 767 for Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and a 727 used for sports team charters. “The FAA has asked for additional documents from Elan related to the operations it is conducting under its [Part] 125 certificate,” an FAA spokeswoman told AIN. She did not say that the investigation involves operational control issues but did explain that “operational control requirements are basically the same for 135 and 125.” As part of a settlement agreement with the FAA, in which TAG Aviation Holding and its subsidiary TAG Aviation USA agreed to a record $10 million civil penalty but admitted no wrongdoing, the FAA also required TAG Aviation USA to “divest its interest and any alleged control in Elan Express by November 30, 2007.” Sentient Flight Group has agreed to acquire TAG Aviation USA and its assets, including AMI Jet Charter, whose Part 135 certificate was revoked by the FAA on October 12. The Sentient deal, however, does not include Elan Express. “TAG USA is going to divest itself of its small holding in Elan Express before the end of this month, as agreed to in the FAA settlement,” a TAG Aviation Holding spokesman told AIN. “At this point, TAG USA or TAG Holding really are not involved in any of the FAA’s inquiry into Elan.”