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FAA proposes fine against Executive Airlines

FAA plans to levy a $550,000 fine against AMR subsidiary Executive Airlines for operating two ATR-72 turboprops that were allegedly not in compliance with federal regulations.

The agency claims the San Juan, Puerto Rico-based carrier failed to complete required and time-specific inspections of the aileron control systems on two aircraft, which was required by an FAA airworthiness directive (AD).

FAA states Executive operated the two ATRs on 35 revenue flights from 13 June to 19 June 2009 while not in compliance with the AD.

Addressing the proposed fine against Executive FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt states: "All operators must comply with maintenance regulations and requirements in a timely fashion."

Executive has 30 days from the receipt date of FAA's enforcement letter to respond to the allegations.

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