FAA Issues Emergency Order of Revocation Against TapJets for Serious Safety Violations
TapJets operated passenger flights with pilots who were unqualified and used authorized aircraft
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an Emergency Order of Revocation against TapJets for allegedly conducting passenger-carrying flights using unqualified pilots and operating unauthorized aircraft.
Unqualified Pilots, Unauthorized Aircraft
According to the FAA, TapJets operated 10 passenger-carrying flights with pilots who were unqualified between September 28, 2016 and January 22, 2017. On one of those flights, the airman who served as second-in-command only had a student pilot certificate, when a commercial pilot certificate was required.
Additionally, the FAA alleges that both TapJets' President and its Director of Operations piloted several of these flights when either the crew was unqualified or the aircraft being used was unauthorized.
The FAA further alleges the company conducted 14 passenger-carrying flights with aircraft that it was not authorized to use because the planes were not listed on its air carrier certificate.
Endangered Lives, Property
The FAA says that "TapJets knowingly used unqualified pilots, operated in a careless or reckless manner that endangered lives or property, and exhibited a cavalier attitude toward regulatory compliance."
The Emergency Order of Revocation is effective immediately, and the company cannot conduct charter flights while the order is in effect.