Mon, Sep 29, 2003
Bloomington (MN) based
charter operator Champion Air voluntarily grounded eight of its
fleet of eleven 727-200s, to work out a disparity in how it
calculates weight and balance, reporter Liz Fedor, of the
Minneapolis Star Tribune noted.
Apparently, "...the concern focused on Champion's weight and
balance procedures, not on a specific aircraft or flight." That
means that whatever the problem might have been, it was with the
way things were being done, across the board.
Champion, which flies sports teams among others, had long been
owned by Northwest (40%) and the family of majority owner Carl
Pohlad (who also owns the Minnesota Twins). The five new owners,
led by Stephen Spellman, Champion's president and CEO, closed on
the deal on June 30. It is not disclosed how long this particular
procedure, now under investigation and revision with the help of
the Minneapolis FSDO, had been in place; the exact extent of the
hazard posed, if any, was not publicly disclosed.
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