AMI Jet Service Suspended

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The FAA last week, citing operational control violations, declared an "emergency order" suspending AMI Jet Charter Inc.'s Part 135 air carrier certificate. The action came after a seven-month review of AMIJC's operation and apparently centered on operational control specifications -- details that allow passengers a clear understanding of who is providing service and, for pilots and maintenance personnel, the name of their employer. Complicating matters and perhaps at the root of the suspension, TAG aviation owns 49 percent of AMIJC, which manages nearly 80 of TAG's jets. Some suppose AMIJC may be seeking purchase of some larger percentage from TAG, but those suspicions are yet unconfirmed. TAG Aviation USA Inc. currently arranges charter flights as an agent for AMIJC and the precise wording posted to AMIJC's Web site that describes the relationship between the two entities may be at issue. The greater issue of operational control as it relates to safety may be the FAA's motivation behind the suspension, but specific to AMIJC, Wyvern Consulting Ltd., an on-site air charter auditing firm, has found the company to have "an impeccable safety record."