For Immediate Release

May 29, 2015
Contact: Allen Kenitzer
Phone: 425-227-2015; Email: allen.kenitzer@faa.gov


SEATTLE – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $91,500 civil penalty against Air Methods Corp. of Englewood, Colo., for allegedly operating a Bell 407 helicopter when it was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations.

The FAA alleges that Air Methods operated the aircraft on four flights in October 2014 when a required torque check inspection on its tail rotor drive shaft components was overdue. As a result, the aircraft was not in an airworthy condition during those flights, the FAA alleges.

The agency further alleges that after the company performed the inspection, it failed to update the aircraft log books to show the inspection had been done and indicate when the next one was due.

Air Methods has been in communication with the FAA about the case.

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For Immediate Release

May 29, 2015
Contact: Allen Kenitzer
Phone: 425-227-2015; Email: allen.kenitzer@faa.gov


SEATTLE – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $266,375 civil penalty against Allegiant Air, LLC of Las Vegas for allegedly violating drug and alcohol testing regulations.

The FAA alleges Allegiant failed to include in its random drug and alcohol testing pools 25 employees that it hired or transferred into safety?sensitive positions. Eleven of these employees performed safety-sensitive duties on multiple occasions when they were not in the random pools, the FAA alleges.

The FAA also alleges another employee’s follow-up test was not directly observed after a previous positive drug test result as required by DOT regulations. That employee performed multiple safety-sensitive duties following the improperly observed test, the FAA alleges.

Allegiant is scheduled to meet with the FAA in mid-June to discuss the case.

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Press Release – FAA Proposes $70,050 Civil Penalty Against the University of Wisconsin-Madison for Alleged Hazardous Materials Violations

May 29, 2015

For Immediate Release May 29, 2015 Contact: Tony Molinaro Phone: (847) 294-7427; Email: tony.molinaro@faa.gov CHICAGO—The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $70,050 civil penalty against the University of Wisconsin-Madison for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations. The FAA alleges that on January 13, 2015, an official traveling on behalf of the university […]

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FAA and Industry Will Study Pilot Fitness

May 27, 2015

The FAA is working with the commercial aviation and medical communities to study the emotional and mental health of U.S. commercial pilots. The joint FAA and industry group known as the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) recommended the study based on the recent Malaysia Flight 370 and Germanwings Flight 9525 accidents. The Pilot Fitness Aviation […]

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Press Release – FAA Proposes Civil Penalties Against Three Companies for Alleged Hazardous Materials Violations.

May 27, 2015

For Immediate Release May 27, 2015 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes civil penalties ranging from $54,000 to $81,669 against three companies for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations. In each case, the FAA alleges the shipments were not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate the hazardous nature of their contents […]

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Press Release – FAA Proposes $58, 600 Civil Penalty Against FedEx Corp. for Alleged Hazardous Material Violations

May 27, 2015

For Immediate Release May 27, 2015 Contact: Arlene Salac or Jim Peters Phone: 718-553-3015; Email: Arlene.salac@faa.gov ATLANTA — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $58,600 civil penalty against FedEx Corp. of Memphis, Tenn., for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations. The FAA alleges FedEx in June 2014 accepted a box containing 1.7 […]

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FAA Streamlines COAs for UAS Test Sites

May 21, 2015

The Federal Aviation Administration has made it simpler for the six unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test sites to conduct research by giving them “blanket” authorizations to fly public aircraft operations throughout the National Airspace System at or below 200 feet. The FAA expects this improved access for the test sites will provide more opportunities for […]

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NextGen’s Next Big Thing

May 21, 2015

May 21- As we move into the summer thunderstorm season, NextGen technology is helping to keep departing airplanes on schedule as they fly out of Newark, NJ, into some of the busiest and most congested airspace in the U.S. That is welcome news for airline passengers who will be traveling during the busy summer vacation […]

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FAA Expands “Lessons Learned” Safety Website

May 21, 2015

May 21- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently added six new accident modules to the agency’s one-of-a-kind “Lessons Learned” online and publicly available safety library. The library captures valuable information learned from some of the world’s most historically significant accidents. New modules include: 1960:  Capital Airlines Viscount (Turbine Engine Icing, Engine Isolation) 1995: Atlantic Southeast […]

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Speech – “Data Communications at Newark Liberty International Airport”

May 21, 2015

“Data Communications at Newark Liberty International Airport” Michael Huerta, Newark, NJ May 21, 2015 Data Comm Press Conference Thank you, Carmine [Gallo, FAA Regional Administrator].  Hello, everyone.  Thank you for joining us. Memorial Day weekend is around the corner, and families across the country are getting ready for vacation.  With summer travel comes summer weather – […]

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