Airline has flights suspended after discovering that no pilot was qualified to fly


The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has suspended the certification of Guam-based Aero Micronesia, an air cargo company based in Guam, after the carrier failed to prove that its pilots received adequate training. .

The FFA issued an Emergency Suspension Order on Feb. 1 as the airline, which operates under the name Asia-Pacific Airlines, failed to produce records to prove that the persons responsible for providing proficiency checks for the airline’s pilots have been properly trained and qualified in the last two years.

FAA regulations dictate that any flight verification provided by these two individuals is invalid, meaning that none of the company’s pilots are currently qualified to fly.

The FAA notified Asia-Pacific in December saying the company was in apparent non-compliance with regulations and urged the carrier to suspend operations until the matter was resolved. The airline, however, was able to continue operating even after the warning.

Under the emergency suspension, the company must now immediately surrender its Air Operator’s Certificate to the FAA and cease operations until it can provide complete records. Failure to meet this requirement can result in fines of up to $16,108 per day.

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