Sun, Sep 26, 2010
Cited For Violations Of FAA Training Regulations
The FAA has proposed a $4,855,000 civil penalty against
Evergreen International Airlines of McMinnville, OR, for allegedly
using pilots who had not been trained in accordance with an
FAA-approved training program on 232 revenue flights.
The flights were made between February 19 and July 9, 2009, on
aircraft equipped with a new flight management system (FMS) that
was different enough from the prior system that it required a
specific training program for pilots who were flying the aircraft.
The FAA alleges Evergreen did not complete its FAA-approved
training for pilots before assigning them to fly revenue trips
using the new FMS. "We put rules and regulations in place to keep
air transportation safe and we expect airlines to comply," said
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
The FAA alleges Evergreen line pilots received ground training
and a check ride on the new FMS, but that the company did not
provide required familiarization flights supervised by the
company's check pilots despite being told to do so by the FAA. The
familiarization flights are part of the FAA-approved training
program for Evergreen aircraft equipped with the FMS. Evergreen
also failed to distribute copies of the required system manual to
crews who would be using the FMS.
Subsequent to these improperly conducted flights, Evergreen has
ensured that its pilots are trained in accordance with its
FAA-approved training program and continues to operate under an
FAA-approved training program.
"Even though Evergreen now complies with its training program,
this penalty is appropriate because requiring operators to complete
required, approved training is the only way to make sure crews are
fully qualified to operate the equipment and systems to manage
flights safely," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.
Evergreen has 30 days from the receipt of the FAA's civil
penalty letter to respond to the agency.
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