Posted on: 19 January 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Horizon Airlines has 30 days to respond to an enforcement letter from The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposing a $390,000 civil penalty against the carrier, which is the regional subsidiary of Alaska Airlines.
The penalty is a result of Horizon’s alleged operation of Bombardier Q400 aircraft which weren’t compliant with Federal Aviation Regulations. The regulations require Horizon to test and inspect its aircraft transponders every 24 months, but the FAA alleges Horizon operated six Q400s on more than 2,600 flights in 2012 and 2013 with transponders that it had not tested and inspected within that timeframe.
The FAA alleges that because of this, the aircraft in question were not in airworthy conditions during those flights.