If you hold a Part 135 air carrier certificate and you discover that you operated one of your aircraft beyond the mandatory compliance date without completing a required inspection, what do you do? Or, what happens if you hold a Part 145 repair station certificate and you discover that several of your spare parts were either mislabeled or improperly stored? In either situation, a violation of the FARs has likely occurred. But do you have to lose sleep at night wondering if the FAA will discover the violation during the next inspection? Is a civil penalty, suspension or revocation in your future? Not necessarily. If you qualify, the Voluntary Disclosure Reporting Program (“VDRP”) may allow you to disclose the violation to the FAA and merely receive a letter of correction in your file.
For more information on the VDRP, please read my latest article on the topic here.