FAA Fines $2.5 Million Against Trans States And GoJet Airlines


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FAA Fines $2.5 Million Against Trans States And GoJet Airlines

By Daniel Baxter

July 1, 2010 – The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing $2,476,075 in civil penalties against Trans States Airlines and GoJet Airlines of Bridgeton, Mo., for violation of various maintenance procedures and operating nine jets on 320 revenue passenger flights when the aircraft were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations.

Trans States Airlines and GoJet Airlines are both owned and operated by Trans States Holdings. Trans States Airlines performs maintenance and training on GoJet aircraft. The proposed civil penalties involve seven GoJet, Canadair Regional Jets and two Trans States Embraer 145 regional jets.


The FAA alleges Trans States and GoJet operated aircraft when maintenance had been carried out incorrectly, and that the company failed to complete required maintenance record-keeping.  

The FAA alleges Trans States and GoJet violated a number of maintenance regulations and procedures, including use of outdated manufacturers’ maintenance instructions to perform repairs; failure to connect a wing flap actuator to its torque tube, rendering the flaps inoperative; failure to document an inspection after an aircraft was damaged by severe turbulence; failure to document and carry out proper repairs after aircraft warning systems identified problems; improper repair of an engine oil leak and failure to comply with minimum equipment list regulations.  

“Air carriers cannot ignore maintenance requirements or allow employees to take a pass on following regulations,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. “Safety depends not only on maintenance work being done correctly, but also being recorded properly.”  Trans States and GoJet have 30 days from receipt of the civil penalty letters to respond to the agency.

Trans States Airlines is the thirteenth largest American regional airline and is headquartered in Bridgeton, Missouri. It operates as United Express for United Airlines and US Airways Express for US Airways. The company began operations as Resort Air in 1982. In 1985 the company entered into an agreement with Trans World Airlines to operate as Trans World Express serving six cities in Missouri and Illinois. The company changed its name to Trans States Airlines in 1989.


GoJet Airlines LLC is also headquartered in Bridgeton, Missouri with 570 employees. It operates commuter feeder services under the United Express name. Its main base is Lambert-Saint Louis International Airport with hubs at O'Hare International Airport, Denver International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport. The airline was established in late 2004 by the current owners of Trans States Airlines. The airline received its initial Air Carrier Operating Certificate in September 2005.


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