For Immediate Release

January 12, 2001
Contact: Mike Fergus, Allen Kenitzer
Phone: (425) 227-1203, (425) 227-2015

SEATTLE, WA — The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed to assess a civil penalty of $90,000 against Horizon Air Industries, Inc., Seattle, Washington for allegedly failing to follow its own maintenance manual after repairing an aircraft. FAA also alleged the aircraft was used on more than 2,000 flights while not in compliance with FAA regulations.

Horizon performed maintenance on a Dash-8-100 in May 1999, and returned the aircraft to service. The maintenance performed included a compass "swing" for an attitude/heading reference system. Horizon failed to ensure the system was operating within allowable limits, as called for in its maintenance manual.

Also, in September 1999, Horizon performed a compass swing on the magnetic compass, and returned the aircraft to service, without ensuring that the compass was operating within allowable limits. The aircraft was operated on more than 1,000 flights between September 19 and March 30, 2000.

Horizon Air has 30 days from its receipt of the FAA's civil penalty letter to respond to the allegations.

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.