Thu, Jun 23, 2011
Swift Air Pilots Reportedly Did Not Have Specialized Training
Required By The Agency
A recent change in FARs spelled the cancellation of
a flight from Chicago to Belgrade late last week because
pilots for the charter airline Swift Air did hot have specialized
training required by the FAA for security reasons. The airline
received notification of the requirements about 15 minutes before
the flight was scheduled to depart.
Swift Air says it initiated the cancellations of its own accord.
On its website, the airline says "Swift Air was presented
information by the FAA concerning training requirements that we are
currently reviewing. During this process, Swift Air management
decided that voluntary suspension was in the best interest of our
customers and Swift. Even though the FAA had previously approved
the training manuals, Swift Air will continue to answer, address
and satisfy by internal review, the questions that have been raised
by the FAA and fully comply with the inquiry.
"Contrary to any other reports, this measure was initiated by
Swift Air Management. Swift Air will be delivering updated manuals
to the FAA on Monday June 20, 2011. While we are confident this
situation will be resolved soon, a timetable is not currently
available. We sincerely regret any inconvenience to our clients
affected by this action."
The Serbian news site emg.rs reports that the flight was to have
been the first direct service from the U.S. to Belgrade since it
was terminated in 1992. The new rules were put into place in
January of this year. erg.rs indicates that the Serbian Civil
Aviation Directorate said through a spokesperson that
the route to be flown by Swift Air had been approved by the
Serbian government for the next six months.
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