American Eagle, others face Federal Aviation Administration fines

The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a $77,500 fine against American Eagle Airlines Inc. for allegedly not following federal regulations on aircraft deicing.

The FAA said its inspectors in a March 2010 visit found that the outside vendor that de-ices American Eagle in Richmond, Va., was using de-icing equipment that had not been calibrated or certified for use.

That equipment is required to test the effectiveness of the glycol fluid that’s sprayed on the airplanes.

As a result, American Eagle’s de-icing program doesn’t follow federal requirements, the FAA said, In setting the penalty the agency cited three other instances in 2006 and 2007 in which American Eagle paid a total of $270,000 in penalties for not following its ground deicing/anti-icing program.

In a statement, American Eagle defended its record:

“American Eagle Airlines is aware of the Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty from the FAA. We are reviewing the information, and, in accordance with FAA procedures for dealing with such notices, we will meet with the FAA to discuss their proposal. American Eagle is very proud of our safety record. Safety is fundamental to the American Eagle culture and to our success.”

The American Eagle fines are among $719,750 in civil penalties announced Tuesday by the agency against eight companies, which have 30 days to appeal the proposed fines.

Here are the other companies facing fines.

Company City Penalty Allegation
Jet Aircraft Maintenance Miami $66,000 Failing to perform tire changes properly on various United Airlines A320 airliners
Liberty Jet Management Corp. Oyster Bay, N.Y. $75,000 Using a pilot who had failed his most recent checkride as second-in-command on approximately 25 charter flights
Apollo Aviation Fruitland Park, Fla. $77,300 Operating a Cessna 172 on nine flights without required tests and inspections of altimeter, static system and transponder
26 North Aviation, Inc. Allentown, Pa. $81,000 Failing to inspect overwing emergency exits after opening them as part of crew evacuation training on several of its aircraft
Atlantic Southeast Airlines Atlanta $132,000 Operating a Bombardier CRJ regional jet on 22 passenger-carrying flights without a maintenance release or appropriate aircraft logbook entry releasing the aircraft for service after maintenance work
JetSmart, Inc. Rochester, N.Y. $133,950 Failing to inspect handheld fire extinguishers every 30 days
Aviation Specialties Unlimited, Inc. Boise, Idaho $77,000 Installing a night vision system on a helicopter used for emergency medical services when it was not authorized to perform that modification


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