For Immediate Release

October 23, 2012
Contact: Paul Turk or Laura Brown
Phone: (202) 267-3883

WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a civil penalty of $246,450 against Woodward, Inc., a Santa Clarita, Calif.-based aircraft repair station, and its subsidiary HRT for allegedly violating FAA drug and alcohol testing regulations.

The FAA alleges Woodward HRT failed to conduct required drug tests and receive verified negative drug test results before transferring or hiring 12 people to perform safety-sensitive aircraft maintenance work.

The FAA also alleges the company failed to include six individuals in its random drug and alcohol testing pool. 

Other alleged violations include failing to administer a return-to-duty drug test to one employee after he completed a substance abuse treatment program.  The company’s testing firm also allegedly used an expired intoximeter bottle to perform calibration checks on a breath-testing device.

The FAA discovered the alleged violations during an inspection of Woodward’s required drug and alcohol testing program April 9-13, 2012.  The alleged violations took place between August 2010 and March 2012.

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