Sat, May 13, 2006
Determined Carrier Was 'Renting Out' Its Part 135 Cert
The Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) Southwest Region office announced Friday it has revoked the
air carrier operating certificate of American Air Network, Inc.
American Air Network, of Chesterfield, MO, appealed the
emergency order of revocation, but dropped the appeal after the FAA
presented its case before a National Transportation Safety Board
administrative law judge in December. The parties reached an
agreement on certain terms of the revocation.
The FAA determined that AAN permitted flights for hire or
compensation to be conducted on its air carrier certificate when
individuals who did not hold an air carrier certificate exercised
operational control of those flights. AAN described itself as "a
Part 135 management company."
The revocation followed an October visit to American Air
Networks by FAA inspectors who spent four days reviewing flight
manifests, pilot and maintenance records, and observing
The FAA's action is part of a national review of air taxi
operational control issues. In another case involving operational
control issues -- as was reported by Aero-News
-- the FAA revoked the operating certificate of a company that
permitted an uncertificated carrier to operate under its
certificate when the certificate holder did not exercise
operational control over those flights. That action followed a
runway overrun accident at Teterboro, NJ, in 2005.
In a release issued by the FAA, the agency states this case
sends a clear message that the FAA will act when it finds evidence
that any air carrier is engaged in the franchising or rental of its
air carrier certificate. The Federal Aviation Regulations require
that an air carrier maintain operational control of the aircraft
and crews on its certificate.
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