FAA proposes penalty against SeaPort for non-airworthy aircraft

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $500,000 civil penalty against SeaPort Airlines, alleging that the carrier operated three single-engine Cessna Caravans when they were not airworthy.The FAA says that SeaPort failed to perform initial and recurring borescope inspections of the aeroplanes’ turbine compressor blades. These inspections are required by an Airworthiness Directive that is intended to prevent compressor turbine blade failures, which could cause an engine to lose power.“Airworthiness Directives are critical safety tools,” emphasised FAA administrator Michael Huerta. “Safe operations depend on meticulous compliance with their requirements.”The FAA alleges the company operated the three aircraft on a total of 583 flights when the inspections were overdue and were therefore not airworthy.Additionally, the FAA accuses SeaPort of failing to record the method of compliance with the Airworthiness Directive and when the next recurring inspections were required for those three aircraft as well as another Cessna Caravan.SeaPort has 30 days from receiving the FAA’s enforcement letter to respond to the agency.

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