FAA Revokes Bimini Island Air Operations

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it had revoked the operating certificate of Fort-Lauderdale-based  (BIA) with effect from June 27.

It is alleging that BIA advertised and operated 15 scheduled flights between Fort Lauderdale and the Bahamas in March and April, 2011, using a 30-seat Saab 340-A twin-turboprop aircraft. BIA, it says, is not authorised to use a 30-seat aircraft for scheduled flights.

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The FAA also alleged BIA offered and advertised scheduled flights on the 30-seat plane, including the departure location and time and arrival location.

The FAA said BIA operated as a scheduled airline rather than as an on-demand service when it provided those flights.

Bimini Island Air has petitioned for review of the emergency nature of the order of revocation, appealing the decision.

Both the petition and the appeal will be heard by the US National Transportation Safety Board.

The Tribune
Wednesday, July 13, 2011