FAA Slaps Lyon Aviation with $104,650 Penalty for Pilot Record Violations

By Ivan PetrenkoApr 19, 2024 19:30 PMNews
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In a recent enforcement action, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a hefty civil penalty of $104,650 against Lyon Aviation, based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The fine addresses serious allegations regarding the airline's oversight and reporting of pilot records.

According to the FAA, Lyon Aviation overlooked crucial steps in their hiring process by failing to adequately review the qualification and medical records of seven pilots prior to their employment. These oversights extended to the pilots' operational duties as Lyon Aviation allowed them to conduct flights without proper vetting. Furthermore, the company is accused of not submitting these records to the FAA’s Pilots Record Database, a critical component for maintaining aviation safety standards.

This lapse in protocol came to light as the involved pilots had collectively operated over 1,000 flights spanning from February 4, 2022, to September 7, 2023. The significance of these violations is underscored by the potential risks to passenger safety and compliance standards in the aviation industry.

Lyon Aviation is currently provided a 30-day period to respond to the FAA’s enforcement letter, during which they can contest the allegations or seek to mitigate the penalty through corrective actions.

This incident serves as a critical reminder of the stringent requirements set by aviation authorities to ensure the safety and reliability of airline operations. It also highlights the ongoing challenges airlines face in maintaining rigorous compliance with federal regulations, which are essential for safeguarding passenger welfare and sustaining trust in the aviation sector.

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