For Immediate Release

March 19, 2003
Contact: Christopher White
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $75,000 civil penalty against Stevens Aviation, Inc. of Greenville, SC, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on December 5, 2000, Stevens Aviation improperly offered five shipments, each consisting of a fiberboard box containing one fuel control unit containing residual aviation fuel, a flammable liquid, to Federal Express (FedEx) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the FedEx sort facility in Nashville, TN, discovered a fuel odor emanating from the shipments.

Stevens Aviation offered the hazardous materials for transportation when they were not packaged, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. Stevens Aviation also did not make available at all times the required emergency response information.

Stevens Aviation had 30 days from 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 actions involving penalties of $50,000 or more.

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