Airline may be fined $4 million for failing to adhere to FAA standards
Legal News for aviation airline accident attorneys. An Arkansas based airline company is being fined $4 million for failing to adhere to several FAA policies.
Aviation company ignored FAA standards, Federal Aviation Administration fines them $4 million.
Fayetteville, AK– Regulators from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are fining Spitfire Aviation Services LLC of Fayetteville, Arkansas $4 million for failing to adhere to several required FAA standards since 2005. From November 2005 to October 2007, this particular aviation company was allegedly noted for making over 790 flights without the FAA-administered certification and lacked a legitimate pilot-training program, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.
It was also reported that over one-third of these charter flights were being operated by an unlicensed pilot. In this time frame, the company allegedly did not have the FAA operational standards that would qualify the airline to carry passengers on revenue flights. According to the FAA, Spitfire Aviation is also being fined due to its lack of an FAA approved system of drug testing employees, as well as keeping up the required level of maintenance instilled in FAA policies. In December 2006, the company’s Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft, operated by an unlicensed pilot, crashed near the Fayetteville Municipal Airport. This fatal plane crash resulted with the death of the pilot and injured three passengers.
It is said that this is one of the largest fines proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration in the last decade.
Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Aviation Airline Accident Attorneys.