FAA plans to fine Lynx $350,000

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $350,000 civil penalty against Republic Airways Holdings subsidiary Lynx Aviation for allegedly operating a Bombardier Q400 which was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations.

The FAA alleges that Lynx failed to complete and document required inspections after company mechanics replaced an engine hydraulic pump on 17 April 2010. The company’s general maintenance manual mandates the completion of a post-maintenance inspection and documentation of that inspection before the aircraft is returned to commercial service.

The FAA alleges that Lynx operated the aircraft on 177 revenue passenger flights between the date of the work and 26 May 2010, when an FAA air safety inspector discovered the alleged violations. The FAA alleges the airline had four opportunities to detect the missing inspection report and conduct and document the required inspection, but failed to catch the problem through its own safety processes.

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

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