FAA Hits Jem Air with $220K Penalty for Crew Issues

 - April 20, 2020, 12:34 PM

In its latest enforcement action surrounding possible illegal charter activity, the FAA has proposed a $220,000 civil penalty against Jem Air Holdings of Raleigh, North Carolina. The agency is alleging the operator used three unqualified pilots as seconds-in-command on 18 flights between April 25, 2019, and May 19, 2019.

According to the FAA, the pilots allegedly had not completed required annual flight-competency checks and written or oral knowledge tests and further alleged “each flight operated by Jem Air with unqualified crewmembers was careless or reckless so as to endanger lives or property.”

Jem Air has asked to meet with the FAA to discuss the case, the FAA said. The operator did not comment on the allegations.

The proposed civil penalty comes as the FAA has become more aggressive in its enforcement of possible illegal air charter activity. Just this month, the agency announced a $1.5 million proposed civil penalty against B E L Aviation in Odessa, Texas for allegedly conducting unauthorized flights, and last month it issued an emergency revocation of the operating certificate of Paradigm Air Operators for allegedly conducting dozens of unauthorized charter flights, including for major sports teams.

Industry groups have urged the FAA to clamp down on illegal activity, saying such operations jeopardize safety, hurt competitiveness, and harm the industry as a whole.