The Department of Transportation published a Final Rule in the Federal Register last Friday revising the civil penalty provisions applicable to violations of the aviation economic requirements of Title 49. This rule incorporates the recently enacted Vision 100–Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act’s revised civil penalty provisions into 14 CFR Part 383. Although the statutory amendments reflected by this final rule were effective December 12, 2003, this Final Rule is effective August 9, 2004. Depending upon the nature of the violation and the type of operator (e.g. individual, small business, air carrier etc.), the penalties can range from $1,100 for an individual (and in some cases a small business) to $2,500, $5,000, $10,000 and up to $25,000.
For further information, you can review the Final Rule which provides greater detail reflecting the penalty amount corresponding to a particular regulatory violation. Also, you can contact Nicholas Lowry, Attorney, Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings (C-70), Office of the General Counsel, Department of Transportation, 400 7th St., SW., Washington, DC 20590, (202) 366-9349.