Regulatory

FAA to Fine Air Methods for Overdue Tail Rotor Drive System Inspection

By Staff Writer | June 1, 2015

For the second time in two months, the FAA has proposed a civil penalty against Englewood, Colo.-based Air Methods Corp. The current proposed fine of $91,500 comes after the FAA alleged that Air Methods operated a Bell 407 on four flights in October 2014 with an overdue torque check inspection on its tail rotor drive shaft components. The FAA also alleges that Air Methods failed to update the aircraft log books after it had completed that inspection, as required by regulations.

Air Methods reports that it is communicating with the FAA about the case.

On April 13, 2015, the FAA proposed a $1.54 million fine against Air Methods for allegedly operating two helicopters beyond power-off gliding distance from shore when they were not equipped with the requisite flotation gear.

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