Delta Connection Provider Compass Airlines Facing $869,000 Civil Penalty from FAA

The airline allegedly operated passenger flights without correctly using an approved system for obtaining weather forecasts

Delta Connection Provider Compass Airlines Facing $869,000 Civil Penalty from FAA
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November 2, 2017

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed an $869,125 civil penalty against Compass Airlines for allegedly failing to provide flight crews with complete weather information.

The Allegations

The FAA alleges that Compass Airlines, which does business as Delta Connection, operated 47 passenger flights between May 18, 2015 and June 19, 2015 without correctly using an approved system for obtaining weather forecasts and reports of adverse weather.

The FAA says that Compass Airlines flew to and from Monterrey, Mexico without the required Mexican Significant Meteorological Information in its flight weather packages.

"It is imperative that all operators have complete and accurate weather information," said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. "That ensures they're aware of potentially dangerous clear air turbulence, thunderstorms and low-altitude wind shear, all of which could affect the safety of flight."

Hazardous meteorological conditions

The FAA further alleges that Compass Airlines did not notify its operations personnel about potentially hazardous meteorological conditions.

Compass has 30 days from receiving the FAA's civil penalty letter to respond to the allegations.