Company Has Not Shown Acceptable Operations Manual Or Training
The FAA has issued an emergency order suspending Darby
Aviation's air carrier certificate until the company demonstrates
to the FAA it can conduct operations in accordance with regulatory
Darby Aviation has failed to produce an acceptable Operations
Manual or an approvable training program despite repeated FAA
efforts to inform the company of the required changes in those
documents. As a result, the company has no accepted Operations
Manual or approved training program.
The FAA also has determined that Darby Aviation's chief pilot
and its Director of Operations are not qualified to hold their
The company's lack of proper operating guidance and its failure
to follow basic regulatory requirements has undermined the FAA's
confidence in Darby Aviation's ability to ensure safe
Based on those considerations, the FAA determined that emergency
action was necessary.
"The FAA will not let a carrier continue to operate if it
doesn't meet strict qualifications," said FAA Administrator Randy
Babbitt. "All carriers, no matter what the size, must have approved
pilot training programs. Our mission is to keep air travelers
Darby Aviation may appeal the emergency order within 10 days of
receiving the order.