For Immediate Release

January 21, 2011
Contact: Paul Turk
Phone: (202) 267-3463

WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $170,000 civil penalty against Pemco World Air Services of Dothan, Ala., for allegedly failing to administer pre-employment drug tests to two individuals the company hired for safety-sensitive positions.

The FAA also cited Pemco for failing to carry out required follow-up drug or alcohol testing on eight individuals reinstated after completing return-to-duty training during 2008.  In all, the company failed to carry out 24 required follow-up tests.  Failing to administer the pre-employment and reinstatement tests are violations of Federal Aviation Regulations.

The FAA inspected Pemco’s pre-employment test program three times, and each time the FAA determined it had not complied with the requirements. These findings resulted in proposed civil penalties.

Pemco has 30 days from receipt of the FAA’s enforcement letter to respond to the agency.