FAA proposes $2.9 million in civil penalties against Asia Pacific Airlines

Asia Pacific Airlines

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing to fine Asia Pacific Airlines $2.9 million in civil penalties for acts it claims the carrier committed between 2021 and 2023.

The FAA enumerated the following penalties against the Guam-based carrier:

$2,436,850 for allegedly using unqualified pilots on 163 Boeing 757 flights between December 20 2022, and February 1, 2023. According to the FAA, it advised the carrier on December 16,  2022 that the pilots were unqualified but the company continued to use them. 

$250,000 for allegedly operating Boeing 757 aircraft on 121 flights without authority from an individual who was authorized to exercise operational control of those flights. The flights in question occurred between December 20, 2022, and February 1, 2023. 

$150,000 for allegedly conducting 30 flights with Boeing 757 aircraft that did not comply with conditions and limitations when certain equipment was out of service. 

$64,000 for allegedly failing to document engine monitoring and continually assess engine reliability for Boeing 757 aircraft used in Extended-range Twin-engine Operations Performance Standards (ETOPS) between at least August 20, 2021, and November 22, 2021; and failing to perform the required removal of an engine that exceeded allowable temperatures on a flight on July 21, 2022. 

$8,000 for alleged violations of safety risk management regulations. 

Asia Pacific Airlines has 30 days from receiving the FAA’s enforcement letters to respond to the agency. 

Asia Pacific Airlines is a cargo airline headquartered in Tamuning, Guam, United States. It operates cargo charter services from Guam and Honolulu. Its main base is Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport (GUM).

The airline was formed in 1998 to serve Micronesia and the Western Pacific with an all-cargo jet service.

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