The inspections in question are mandated by FAA airworthiness directives. The agency alleges the charter company:
- Operated a Cessna T206H for 8.7 hours in August 2016 when a periodic inspection of a fuel-injector line was overdue.
- Operated a Quest Kodiak 100 for 24.2 hours in January and February 2017 when a periodic inspection of an elevator control mechanism was overdue.
- Operated a Piper PA-31-350 for 246.1 hours between December 2015 and March 2017 when a periodic inspection of certain engine cowling components was overdue for one engine; and operated the aircraft for 198.8 hours between January 2016 and March 2017 when the inspection was overdue for the other engine.
- Operated the Piper PA-31-350 for 246.1 hours between December 2015 and March 2017 when periodic inspections of the engine exhaust systems were overdue.
The FAA also alleges Gem Air failed to keep a record of the current status of applicable airworthiness directives for the Piper PA-31-350.
Gem Air has asked to meet with the FAA to discuss the case.