Two private air charter companies in the US are facing possible charges totaling more than $4 million in total by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after failing to properly operate flights.
One company, Rosado Aviation, based in Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania, potentially faces $1,125,640 in civil penalties. The FAA alleges that between May 2019 and February 2021, Rosado Aviation conducted paid passenger-carrying flights in multiple aircraft without the required operating certificate or operations specifications.
The FAA further alleges that the company used unqualified operations, maintenance and pilot personnel for the 52 flights.
In a separate case, Moser Aviation in Englewood, Colorado potentially faces $3,009,500 for allegedly conducting 1,018 flights without qualified management personnel.
The FAA alleges that between January 2020 and May 2021, Moser Aviation conducted the flights in multiple aircraft without a qualified chief pilot to oversee the operations. The FAA alleges that the company did not notify the agency of its personnel change within 10 days of the position’s vacancy, as outlined in the company’s operations specifications.
The FAA further alleges that in June 2020, Moser Aviation falsely reported to the Denver Flight Standards District Office that its previous chief pilot was still working the position.
Rosado Aviation and Moser Aviation both have 30 days to respond to the FAA after receiving the agency’s enforcement letter.