In response to an informal complaint from MSI Aviation–a maintenance service provider at Kentucky’s Lake Cumberland Airport in Somerset–over the lease terms offered to another limited FBO, the FAA has sent a letter to the airport’s board, warning it that it is in violation of the administration’s airport improvement program (AIP) grants. Under the provisions of the AIP grants program, the incentives the airport gave to Somerset Regional Aviation did not result in its getting fair market value for the lease as stipulated by the agreement.
Jonathon Vondracek, a commercial pilot and CFI, pled guilty on June 12 in U.S. District Court, Tampa, Fla., to falsifying his FAA airman medical application.
Greenwich AeroGroup has named Ralph Kunz as general manager of Summit Aviation. Kunz has more than 20 years experience in aerospace operations. He will be responsible for operations at Summit’s Middletown, Del., and Somerset, Ky. facilities. Kunz most recently served as vice president of operations for Airborne Tactical Advantage. Previously he held senior leadership positions with Keystone/Sikorsky Helicopters, Vector Aerospace and Parker Hannifin.
The FAA has just released a greatly expanded version of the original Pilot Record Improvement Act advisory circular (AC 120-68F) to address more operational situations employers might encounter related to a new-hire pilot’s professional certifications, safety record and possible law-enforcement actions.
A legal case that could hold serious ramifications for the aircraft financing and leasing industry met its end with a blow against the lenders when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal.
The pilot of US Airways Flight 4321 from Elmira Corning Airport [ELM] Airport reported sighting a flare off the right wing of the regional jet while on approach to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) last Tuesday and said the flare came within 50 feet of the aircraft.
The FAA is proposing a $395,850 civil penalty against US Airways, for allegedly violating U.S. Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations.
The FAA asked a federal appeals court in the U.S. to temporarily suspend a lawsuit challenging the exclusion of all-cargo airlines from its new pilot duty rule so that it can correct “newly discovered errors” in the administrative record supporting the regulation.
The FAA has asked a federal court to delay a lawsuit by a pilot union so the agency can take another look at whether cargo pilots should be covered by new Part 121 flight, duty and rest regulations. When the FAA issued a final rule last year, it excluded cargo operations.
Criminal prosecution in the wake of aviation accidents is on the rise, although not as much in the U.S. as in some other countries, at least for now.