FAA to enforce fine for illegal charter operations


The US Federal Aviation Administration is seeking to fine a charter operator in Odessa, Texas US$1,504,800 for allegedly conducting illegal charter flights.

The large civil penalty against B E L Aviation is for allegedly conducting 114 unauthorized for-hire flights transporting passengers throughout the USA and Mexico on a Piaggio P-180 Avanti II aircraft.

800 civil penalty against B E L Aviation of Odessa, Texas, for allegedly conducting illegal charter flights.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the flights were unauthorized because B E L Aviation did not have an air carrier or air operator certificate.

The FAA also said that the operations were reckless and that the pilot who conducted the flights did not meet applicable training requirements for these types of operations.

B E L has 30 days after receiving the FAA’s enforcement letter to respond to agency.


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