For Immediate Release

Release No. AEA 01-04
March 11, 2004
Contact: Arlene Salac or Jim Peters
Phone: 718-553-3015

JAMAICA, NY — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has revoked the operating certificate of Air East, a Farmingdale, NY-based on-demand charter air carrier operating under Part 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs). The action is effective immediately as an emergency revocation.

The action on March 8 followed an FAA investigation of the company and its maintenance, training and record-keeping. The FAA alleged that the company failed to document pilot training in order to determine pilot qualifications; to have sufficient and qualified management staff; to perform required maintenance, including complying with an airworthiness directive on one of its aircraft; to document maintenance and for a variety of other reporting and record-keeping violations.

The company may appeal the revocation and the emergency nature of the revocation to the National Transportation Safety Board. Because an emergency revocation was ordered, the company is required to surrender its operating certificate immediately and to cease operations under Part 135.