Fri, Feb 18, 2011
Alleges Company Operated An Aircraft Without Proper
The FAA is proposing a $585,725 civil penalty against Corporate
Air of Billings, MT, for allegedly operating a Shorts SD-3-30
twin-turboprop cargo aircraft when it was not in compliance with
Federal Aviation Regulations.
Shorts SD-3 File Photo
The FAA alleges Corporate Air failed to maintain the aircraft
under the company's general maintenance manual, which requires
daily post-flight inspections that include examining the exterior
skin for corrosion. In addition, the maintenance manual requires
structural inspections on the basis of flight hours or flights.
The FAA alleges that Corporate Air operated the aircraft in
violation of regulations on at least 81 revenue flights between
Dec. 21, 2009 and Feb. 4, 2010 with corrosion that had not been
detected during the post-flight inspections. The FAA also alleges
that structural inspections were not conducted at the required
intervals, between March 16, 2006 and February 3, 2010, in
violation of federal regulations.
Corporate Air operates charter and air taxi service under Part
135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations and makes daily feeder
cargo flights under contract to a major next-day air package
"Keeping aircraft well-maintained and in good condition must be
a top priority for any operator," said FAA Administrator Randy
Babbitt. "All operators must comply with maintenance
Corporate Air has 30 days from the receipt of the FAA's
enforcement letter to respond to the agency.
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