FAA Fines Corporate Air For Aircraft Maintenance Failures


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FAA Fines Corporate Air For Aircraft Maintenance Failures

Jim Douglas

October 14, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $455,175 civil penalty against Corporate Air of Billings, Montana, for allegedly operating a Beech 1900C airliner when it was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. 

?Our aviation safety rules are designed to protect the flying public,? said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. ?We expect airlines to comply with these rules and will take enforcement action when they do not.? 

The FAA alleges Corporate Air failed to maintain the aircraft under the company?s general maintenance manual, which includes the Pratt & Whitney Canada maintenance manual for the aircraft?s turboprop engines.


Specifically, the FAA alleges that Corporate Air operated the aircraft on at least 80 flights in spite of continued evidence of excessive oil consumption by the right engine. The FAA-approved aircraft and engine manuals call for post-flight inspection and repair of an engine experiencing excessive oil consumption. Corporate Air did not correct the oil consumption problem despite repeated inspections in which oil had to be added.

?The safety of the passengers and crew must be the top priority for any operator,? said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. ?All operators must comply with maintenance requirements.? Corporate Air has 30 days from the receipt of the FAA?s enforcement letter to respond to the agency.

Corporate Air operates charter and air taxi service under Part 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. Corporate Air is an airline based in Billings, Montana, United States. Corporate Air was established in 1981 and operates primarily domestic scheduled cargo services, Feeder service on behalf of FedEx Express, as well as the United States Postal Service. 

Its main base is Billings Logan International Airport. The company?s air fleet includes the following aircraft (at March 2010) 3 Raytheon Beech 1900C Airliner, 4 Cessna 208 Caravan, 31 Cessna Caravan 675, 2 Shorts 330-100, 1 Cessna 340 and 1 Convair 580.

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