The Philadelphia U.S. Attorney’s Office has indicted Flying Tigers of Lancaster, Penn., its president Jay Stout and his son Joel Stout, with various crimes, including conspiracy, fraud involving aircraft parts, wire fraud and obstruction of justice. Also indicted was Howard Gunter, a former FAA certified mechanic and inspector, on charges of conspiracy and fraud involving aircraft parts.
Among the AMR Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection documents filed last fall were FAA proofs of claim against the company for 89 alleged safety violations that occurred between January 2007 and November 2011.
The FAA recently proposed significant fines against both Horizon Air and FedEx for alleged repeated violations of Federal Aviation Regulations. The agency wants to fine Horizon Air $1.005 million for allegedly operating 22 Bombardier DHC-8-402s on more than 186,000 revenue flights when they were not in compliance with FARs. The agency has also proposed a $681,200 penalty against FedEx for 19 different occasions when employees accepted hazardous materials for shipment and failed to tag those shipments properly and inform flight crews of their contents.
The Helicopter Association International is accepting nominations for the 2013 Salute to Excellence Awards program, which honors “outstanding achievements and exceptional merits of individuals and organizations in the international helicopter community.” The awards are open to any individual or organization, according to HAI. Categories include pilots, mechanics, instructors, safety, law enforcement, medevac and more. The awards will be presented on March 6 during Heli-Expo 2013 in Las Vegas.
Vision Technologies Aerospace has terminated its asset purchase agreement with Pemco World Air Services, as reported in AIN in June. VT Aerospace intended to acquire Pemco’s Tampa aerospace facility and other assets. The decision to terminate the agreement was made after the seller could not fulfill certain conditions before the closing deadline.
The FAA extended until August 17 the comment period for its proposed policy regarding the registration of aircraft to U.S. citizen trustees in situations involving non-U.S. citizen trustors and beneficiaries. As part of its review of non-citizen trusts, the FAA published its proposed policy clarification on February 9 on use of non-citizen trusts to register aircraft in the U.S. The FAA also held a public hearing on this subject on June 6 and has now publicly released a slide presentation it made at that meeting. Comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judge Patrick Brady of the Massachusetts Superior Court in Norfolk County last month denied the arguments in a lawsuit by Boston Air Charter (BAC) challenging the rulings made by the town of Norwood and its airport commission.
The FAA has been busy with proposed penalties for alleged maintenance violations. Two civil penalties were proposed for Delta Air Lines. The first case was for alleged failure to repair a chip on the radome of a Boeing 737. According to the FAA, Delta operated the 737 for 20 flights after an FAA inspector reported the chip damage while conducting a preflight inspection on Feb. 25, 2010. The FAA is proposing a $687,500 penalty.
The FAA is proposing a civil penalty of $185,750 against Kingfisher Air Services Air Safari of San Juan, P.R., for allegedly violating FARs when operating a Cessna 208B on 44 flights between June 2 and June 11, 2010.
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.