FAA Proposes $90,000 Fine Against Red Eagle Aviation

By Beacon Staff

The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a civil penalty of $90,000 against Red Eagle Aviation after the Kalispell company allegedly failed to properly operate a helicopter at the Kalispell City Airport.

According to the FAA, Red Eagle operated a Bell 206 helicopter at least 80 times between May 2011 and May 2013 even though the company had not performed required, periodic overhauls of its tail rotor hub and main rotor mast assemblies. The company’s alleged failure to perform these overhauls within the time period specified by the manufacturer meant the helicopter was not airworthy.

The FAA notified Red Eagle of the penalty on Feb. 26 and the company has 30 days to respond to the federal agency.

Earlier this year, Red Eagle started managing the airport for the city of Kalispell. The Beacon is awaiting comment from the company.

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