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FAA Proposes $330,000 Penalty Against North-Aire Aviation

Shane Nolan  (see Darby Aviation Responds To FAA Suspension Of 135 Certificate)

April 20 , 2010 - KANSAS CITY — The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a $330,000 civil penalty against North-Aire Aviation, LLC, of Prescott Valley, Arizona, for failing to comply with its FAA pilot school regulations and falsifying records. 

The FAA alleges North-Aire Aviation’s training courses were not valid under the FAA’s pilot school regulations and that instructor and student records did not comply with Federal Aviation Regulations. The school also used unapproved training course outlines. 

Between April 18, 2008 and August 29, 2008, North-Aire Aviation graduated and issued certificates to at least 18 individuals, certifying those graduates had completed all stages, tests and course requirements satisfactorily. 

North-Aire issued graduation certificates and recommended students for pilot certificates and ratings even though the students failed to complete the training specified in the school’s course of training, failed to pass the required final test and failed to complete all the curriculum requirements of the course. 

North-Aire also failed to correct the discrepancies after they were pointed out, and did not comply with an approved FAA training course or retain all required student records in accordance with FAA regulations. 

A company official also knowingly falsified a record indicating an instructor had received a required proficiency check. 

“Pilots must receive comprehensive training and taking short cuts isn’t acceptable,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. “Schools dedicated to teaching pilots the skills they need to fly safely are required to follow all FAA regulations.” 

The certificates of all North-Aire students who were improperly trained from April 18, 2008–August 29, 2008 have been suspended. North-Aire has 30 days from the time it receives the FAA’s civil penalty letter to respond to the allegations.

On April 8, 2010 the FAA suspended Darby Aviation’s Air Carrier Certificate. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an emergency order suspending Darby Aviation’s air carrier certificate until the company demonstrates to the FAA it can conduct operations in accordance with regulatory requirements. Darby Aviation has failed to produce an acceptable Operations Manual or an approvable training program despite repeated FAA efforts to inform the company of the required changes in those documents. As a result, the company has no accepted Operations Manual or approved training program.
The FAA also has determined that Darby Aviation’s chief pilot and its Director of Operations are not qualified to hold their positions. The company’s lack of proper operating guidance and its failure to follow basic regulatory requirements has undermined the FAA’s confidence in Darby Aviation’s ability to ensure safe operations. Based on those considerations, the FAA determined that emergency action was necessary. “The FAA will not let a carrier continue to operate if it doesn’t meet strict qualifications,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. “All carriers, no matter what the size, must have approved pilot training programs. Our mission is to keep air travelers safe.” Darby Aviation may appeal the emergency order within 10 days of receiving the order.

(see Flight School North-Aire Aviation Responds To FAA Proposed Fine)

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