FAA seeks to penalise SkyWest by $359,000

The FAA has proposed $359,000 in civil penalties against SkyWest Airlines for a number of alleged violations of Federal Aviation Regulations.

The FAA proposed a penalty of $220,000 for alleged failure to document heavy checked bags, motorised mobility aids and a heavy shipment carried in the cargo compartment of the company’s passenger aircraft. As a result, the FAA says, SkyWest operated the aircraft on five flights between 21 April and 25 May 2010 with incorrect weight and balance data. The FAA alleges the violations occurred because the carrier’s employees failed to follow required procedures for documenting cargo carried on revenue passenger flights.

The other two proposed civil penalties are for allegedly operating two Bombardier CRJs when they were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations.

In the first case, a proposed civil penalty of $70,500, the FAA alleges SkyWest employees failed to follow the company’s Continuous Airworthiness Maintenance Program (CAMP) and the Bombardier maintenance and inspection manual during five attempts by mechanics to correct an avionics system cooling problem on one aircraft. SkyWest operated the aircraft on at least five revenue passenger flights between 15 July and 21 July 2009 when it was not in compliance

In the second case, the FAA is proposing a civil penalty of $68,500, alleging SkyWest operated another CRJ on eight revenue passenger flights between 30 May and 1 June 2010 when it was not in compliance with regulations. The FAA alleges SkyWest mechanics failed to follow procedures required in the airline’s CAMP when replacing the right air conditioning pack’s pressure-regulating and shutoff valve.

SkyWest has 30 days from receipt of the FAA’s enforcement letters to reply to the agency.

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