California Pacific Airlines (Carlsbad) is becoming the poster child as the hard-luck airline wannabe that could not fly because of the FAA’s inability to review and approve their Part 121 AOC application. The terrible saga continues. The company has suspended operations and furloughed all employees after receiving an official notification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that it cannot review their AOC application until at least next year according to this report by U-T San Diego. The would-be airline had until September 13 to resubmit its application which it did. The dream of CPA’s founder, Ted Vallas, 91, is slowly getting away from him. Vallas proposed the airline in 2010 and had raised at least $11 million from investors.
California Pacific Airlines (Carlsbad) will not fly, at least not for now. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and this report by U-T San Diego, the FAA has again rejected the scheduled passenger airline application for the paper airline. The FAA cited various deficiencies in the application relating to safety, maintenance and inspections. The would-be airline has until September 13 to resubmit its application. CP Air remains confident it can correct the errors in its resubmission. The founder, Ted Vallas, is 91.
California Pacific Airlines (Carlsbad) is getting another chance. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has informed the prospective airline that it is again restarting its review process of its airline application for a Part 121 AOC. Previously the FAA had suspended the review due to the Congressionally-mandated sequester budget cuts.
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Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 170-100LR N760CP (msn 17000006) is the first aircraft for the would-be carrier and will now be used again for the review process.
California Pacific Airlines (Carlsbad) is still struggling to get airborne as we have previously reported. Following a break through with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on an issue (runway length?) that previously delayed the application for a Part 121 AOC, the FAA has now informed the paper airline that it does have enough personnel to review the application due to budget cuts demanded by Congress under sequestration according to this update by U-T San Diego. The application to fly is now suspended.
Will this would be airline ever get a chance to fly scheduled flights?
California Pacific Airlines (Carlsbad) has hired a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who has recent airline experience. The company has hired John Selvaggio, “who in a 40-plus-year career has navigated through the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) approval process with American Eagle Airlines and Midway Airlines. He was CEO of Song (Delta Air Lines) and in 2007 became CEO of Comair (Delta Connection) (Cincinnati), stepping down in 2008” according to this report by U-T San Diego. The new CEO hopes to get the airline airborne before the end of this year.
California Pacific is currently the only U.S. airline start-up planning to operate jetliners. The paper airline was recently put back to the initial stage in its Part 121 application by the FAA.
California Pacific Airlines (Carlsbad) which ran passed its deadline for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 121 certification and the Department of Transportation (DOT) deadline to start scheduled services has asked for an extension from both agencies as the paper airline continues to fill the required critical positions. The company has refiled its paperwork. According to this report by the U-T San Diego the investors have already spent $10 million trying to get the new airline flying including the monthly $200,000 rent on its sole aircraft (above).
California Pacific Airlines (Carlsbad) has been delayed in its Part 121 certification process according to this report by U-T San Diego. The process has reportedly been brought back to the preliminary stages for an Air Operators Certificate (AOC) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) according to the report. One of the issues appears to be whether the Embraer 170 can safely operate on Carlsbad’s short runway.
The McClellan–Palomar Airport is a public airport three miles (5 km) southeast of the city of Carlsbad in San Diego County on the Pacific Ocean. The single runway (6-24) is 4,897 feet long (1,493 meters).