FAA Proposes Steep Fine Against Hayward Flight School

The Federal Aviation Administration says a Hayward flight school failed to employ instructors who were licensed to train students in 2008. The agency is proposing a $221,650 for the offense.

The FAA says Flying Viking, Inc. located at the Hayward Executive Airport on Hesperian Boulevard, has 30 days to respond to the charges, but one of its owners told the Associated Press she planned to fight the allegations and called them unfair.

Between February and October 2008, the FAA says Flying Viking failed to have neither a chief instructor, assistant chief instructor or instructor who was up-to-date in training courses required by the FAA. The company is one of 141 FAA-licensed flight schools in the country. Training courses offered under the more rigorous FAA regulations typically carry more prestige than less strict non-licensed programs.

According to the FAA, the school also failed to properly maintain student records, both foreign and domestic, on 20 students, 10 of which had graduated. One graduate’s license was revoked by the FAA after an investigation into Flying Viking’s records, they said.