FAA proposes to revoke Rhoades Aviation’s Air Carrier Certificate (AOC)

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed to revoke the air carrier certificate of Honolulu-based Rhoades Aviation Inc. for numerous alleged safety violations.

The FAA alleges that Rhoades:

  • Failed to maintain Safety Management System records; address issues the FAA found with its general operations manual; conduct proper safety risk management when addressing discrepancies in its aircraft loading, weight and balance, and runway analysis manuals; provide revised manuals to the FAA; provide safety-risk-management documentation when it submitted its administration manual.
  • Operated two Boeing 737s more than 900 times after failing to add the aircraft to its maintenance and inspection program.
  • Operated a Boeing 737 airplane on 33 flights when it was not airworthy due to engine compressor fan blades that did not meet manufacturer standards.
  • Committed numerous violations related to its FAA-required Safety Management System program, including failing to ensure that the program was properly implemented and performing in all areas of its organization.
  • Conducted improper maintenance work on engine compressor fan blades and failed to properly document the work.

Rhoades Aviation has 15 days to respond to the FAA after receiving the agency’s enforcement notice.

Note: Rhodes operated the Boeing 737-200 freighters for Transair (Hawaii).

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