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Date: 03-20-2023

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United States of America v. Interstate Helicopters, Inc.

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Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma (Oklahoma County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Oklahoma City

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Description: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma civil litigation lawyer represented Defendant accused of conducting unauthorized charter operations with fixed-wing aircraft.

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Interstate Helicopters, Inc., is the holder of an air carrier certificate which authorizes Interstate to conduct flights in helicopters, but not fixed-wing aircraft. The United States alleges that from December 8, 2016, through April 17, 2017, Interstate conducted eleven fixed-wing charter operations ("Charter Flights") in violation of 49 U.S.C. § 40101, et seq. ("Act"), and the regulations promulgated under the Act. More specifically, the United States contends Interstate conducted the Charter Flights in violation of its operations specifications, and when none of the pilots had, within the previous 12 months, passed required knowledge, competency and flights tests, and had not completed required training. The United States also alleges that the Charter Flights were conducted in a careless or reckless manner which endangered the life or property of another. To resolve these allegations, Interstate agreed to pay $155,000 to the United States.

In reaching this settlement, Interstate did not admit liability, and the government did not make any concessions about the legitimacy of the claims. The agreement allows the parties to avoid the delay, expense, inconvenience, and uncertainty involved in litigating the case.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General and the Federal Aviation Administration. It was referred for prosecution by the Enforcement Division of the Federal Aviation Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald R. Gallegos prosecuted the case.

Outcome: Defendant agreed to pay $155,000 to settlement the claims made against it.

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