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Parachute Center faces stiff fine for alleged safety violations

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Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2010 11:47 am | Updated: 2:59 pm, Wed May 25, 2011.

The Parachute Center in Acampo could be fined $664,000 after the Federal Aviation Administration accused the center of failing to replace aircraft parts promptly and comply with safety requirements, according to the FAA.

The FAA proposes the civil penalty against William C. Dause, owner of The Parachute Center off Highway 99, because the safety measures were allegedly violated in 2008 and 2009. The part replacements have since been made, according to an FAA news release.

"Putting parachutists at risk by neglecting to follow safety procedures is unacceptable," U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a news release. "We expect aircraft operators to comply with our safety rules and will take enforcement action when they do not."

Dause has 30 days from receipt of the FAA's enforcement letter to respond. Reached by telephone Thursday morning, he had no comment.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

 

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