For Immediate Release

Release No. AWP-5 04-01
May 1, 2001
Contact: Jerry Snyder
Phone: (310) 725-3580


The Federal Aviation Administration, Western-Pacific Region, has proposed to assess an $80,000 civil penalty against Aviation Management Systems, Inc. of Goodyear, Arizona, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that Aviation Management System, Inc., improperly offered four shipments containing 11 chemical oxygen generators, with their means of initiation still attached, to Federal Express for air transport from Goodyear, Arizona to Sylmar, California. The oxygen generators were only equipped with one of the required two positive means to prevent accidental operation. Oxygen generators may be shipped by air only on cargo aircraft.

Aviation Management Systems, Inc. offered the shipments of chemical oxygen generators for transportation when they were not properly classed and approved. Aviation Management Systems, Inc., also failed to ensure employees were trained to properly package and handle hazardous shipments, and did not make available at all times the required emergency response information.

The company has 30 days from the receipt of the FAA notice to submit a reply to the agency. This announcement is made in accordance with the FAA’s practice of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement action involving penalties of $50,000 or more.

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