FAA Proposes $90,000 Civil Penalty against Red Eagle Aviation

 - March 5, 2014, 12:20 PM

The FAA proposes a $90,000 civil penalty against Red Eagle Aviation of Kalispell, Mont., for allegedly operating a Bell 206 helicopter not in compliance with FARs. The agency alleges the company made numerous flights, including at least 80 revenue flights, when it had not performed required periodic overhauls of the helicopter’s tail-rotor hub and main-rotor mast assemblies. Failure to perform the overhauls within the time period specified by the manufacturer meant the helicopter was not airworthy. Jim Pierce, Red Eagle Aviation’s president, told AIN, “We haven’t even had an informal conference with the FAA yet, so at this point there really isn’t anything to be said.”