FAA proposes $550,000 civil penalty against Executive Airlines

March 30, 2011

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a $550,000 civil penalty against Executive Airlines, Inc., of San Juan, P.R., for allegedly operating two ATR-72 twin turboprop planes when they were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations.

The FAA alleges Executive Airlines, a subsidiary of AMR Corporation, failed to complete required periodic, time-specific inspections of the aileron control systems of two aircraft, as ordered by an FAA Airworthiness Directive. Compliance with those directives is mandatory.

The FAA alleges that Executive Airlines operated the two aircraft when they were not in compliance with regulations on at least 35 revenue flights between June 13 and June 19, 2009, because the airline exceeded the mandated number of flight hours for a re-inspection.

Executive Airlines has 30 days from the receipt of the FAA’s enforcement letter to respond to the agency.


FAA proposes $700,000 civil penalty against Executive Airlines

June 28, 2010

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a civil penalty of $700,000 against Executive Airlines.  The San Juan, Puerto Rico airline, which does business as American Eagle Airlines, allegedly operated eight of its ATR-42 twin-turboprop airliners when they were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations.

The FAA alleges that when Executive Airlines did heavy maintenance checks on its aircraft in 2007 and 2008, mechanics did not perform and document required, detailed visual inspections to detect possible cracks on the aileron center hinge bearing fittings.  Executive Airlines operated the eight aircraft on 6,479 flights between the incomplete earlier inspections and September 26-27, 2008, when the company completed the proper inspections and procedures.

Executive Airlines has 30 days from the date of receipt of the FAA’s letter to respond to the agency.


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