The Parachute Center in Acampo faces a second fine for allegedly operating a DeHavilland twin Otter on 41 flights when it was not in compliance with federal regulations, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday.
The Parachute Center, west of Highway 99 between Jahant and Peltier roads, faces a $269,000 civil penalty for reportedly operating the plane without the required inspections 41 times between Nov. 2 and Nov. 15, 2009, according to an FAA news release.
The FAA requires that the plane have several inspections of the left and right front spar adapter assemblies, according to a news release. The inspections are to identify cracks that might threaten the structural integrity of the plane.
“I’m not aware of it,” Parachute Center owner Bill Dause said of the new charges when he was contacted by phone Monday afternoon.
However, Dause said he didn’t want to hear about the new charges against him and hung up on a News-Sentinel reporter.
The Parachute Center also faces a $664,000 fine in a case filed last year. In that case, Dause allegedly failed to replace the parts on another DeHavilland Twin Otter airplane in 2008 and 2009.
Dause was given 30 days to respond to the allegations filed last year, but he was granted an extension so that he could have a private hearing with an FAA attorney, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said several months ago. That case has not been resolved.
Dause has 30 days to respond to the new allegations announced on Monday.
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