FAA Proposes $150,000 Penalty against Ameriflight for Federal Regulation Violation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $150,000 civil penalty against Ameriflight LLC for allegedly operating a Beech BE-99 aircraft when it was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations.
The FAA alleges that on January 8, 2010, an Ameriflight pilot noted in the aircraft's maintenance log that water was leaking in through a gap in the windshield above the copilot's visor. That same day, an Ameriflight mechanic "patch sealed" the windshield by applying sealant over the gap. The company returned the aircraft to service on January 12.
On May 17, 2010, an Ameriflight mechanic again patch sealed the gap in the windshield on the same aircraft and returned it to service.
The FAA alleges that patch sealing over the windshield gap was not acceptable maintenance. As a consequence of the gap and patch sealing placed over it, the FAA alleges that the aircraft was not airworthy.
The agency alleges that Ameriflight operated the aircraft on numerous flights when it was not in an airworthy condition due to these circumstances.
Ameriflight has 30 days from the receipt of the FAA's civil penalty letter to respond to the agency.