The FAA is seeking a civil penalty of $153,000 alleging that
Colgan Air, Inc. operated 17 flights without giving pilots or
flight attendants the required minimum amount of rest.
The FAA alleges that between June 14, 2008 and Feb. 23, 2009,
Colgan scheduled flight duty time for two captains, two first
officers and six flight attendants on a seventh day after they had
been on duty for the previous six consecutive days. FAA regulations
required the airline to relieve each crewmember from duty for at
least 24 consecutive hours during any seven consecutive calendar
days. One of the captains operated four flights without adequate
rest. Each of the other flight crew members operated one flight
without meeting this rest requirement.
The FAA also alleges that Colgan failed to give three flight
attendants a required scheduled rest period of at least eight
consecutive hours after scheduling them on flights after their
previous duty period. Two of the incidents took place on June 15,
2008 and the third took place on Sept. 16, 2008.
Finally, the FAA alleges that Colgan scheduled a first officer for
flight time on Nov. 7, 2008 when the pilot’s total flight
time in commercial flying exceeded eight hours between required
This civil penalty involves alleged violations predating the
FAA’s new pilot flight, duty and rest rules that were
announced in December 2011. The new regulations will go into effect
in December 2013.
Colgan Air has 30 days from the receipt of the civil penalty letter