FAA Proposes $417,500 Penalty against FedEx for Violating Federal Aviation Regulations

FAA Proposes $417,500 Penalty against FedEx for Violating Federal Aviation Regulations
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January 7, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $417,500 civil penalty against FedEx for allegedly operating an aircraft that was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations.

The FAA alleges that FedEx failed to rebalance the horizontal stabilizer tab control surface on a Boeing 727 aircraft after repainting the part.

The agency says that the Boeing 727 Structural Repair Manual identifies the work as a major repair and requires rebalancing the control surface after the work is done.

According to the FAA, FedEx's failure to perform the rebalancing requirements rendered the aircraft unairworthy. The agency alleges that FedEx operated the aircraft in question on at least 133 flights when it was in that condition.

"Safety depends on every operator paying close attention to every regulatory requirement," said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. "It's also critical for operators to implement internal controls to ensure that they're following all applicable protocols and regulations."

The FAA says that FedEx has requested to meet with the agency to discuss this case.