Throughout the years I have written about FAA legal enforcement actions in which the FAA has suspended or revoked an airman’s or mechanic’s certificate or the certificate of an air carrier or repair station, or has assessed a civil penalty against the certificate holder. But, surprisingly, the FAA does not resolve all cases with the heavy-hand of enforcement. Rather, sometimes compliance can best be obtained through some other action short of a legal enforcement action. (Yes, it does happen.) In those situations, the FAA has the option of addressing the certificate holder’s alleged violations with a “slap on the wrist” through an administrative action.
For a discussion of FAA administrative actions, please read my latest article on the topic:Administrative Actions: The FAA’s “Slap on the Wrist”.