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FAA revokes operating certificate of Fla's Bimini Island Air

Unread post by bimjim » Thu Jul 14, 2011

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FAA revokes operating certificate of Florida's Bimini Island Air
By Aaron Karp
July 14, 2011

Ft. Lauderdale-based Bimini Island Air overstepped its bounds as an on-demand charter operator by offering and flying scheduled flights using a 30-seat Saab 340, stated US FAA, which has revoked the carrier's operating certificate.

The agency said this week that it issued an "emergency order of revocation" June 27 that "took effect immediately." FAA alleged 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 is not authorized to use a 30-seat aircraft for scheduled flights."

The regulator said that BIA additionally "offered and advertised scheduled flights on the 30-seat plane, including the departure location and time and arrival location … BIA operated as a scheduled airline rather than as an on-demand service when it provided those flights. Scheduled airlines are governed by rules different than those for charter operators or on-demand services."

According to FAA, BIA surrendered its operating certificate July 1 following submission of a petition for review of the emergency revocation. The petition "also serves as an appeal of the merits of the order," FAA stated. US National Transportation Safety Board will hear BIA's appeal.

Under the "who we are" section of its website, Bimini states that "the core of our business is charter flights covering the US, Bahamas and the world."

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