The Federal Aviation Administration denied California Pacific Airlines (or CP Air) for failing four of nine categories in the FAA application, including continual analysis and safety system, minimum equipment list, weight and balance, and operational control, reported the U-T San Diego.
John Selvaggio, CEO of CP Air told Carlsbad Patch, "The submission process to create a scheduled air carrier in the United States is a complex and iterative process. Many carriers take 5-6 years to get this finished." He said his team has reviewed every detail of the elements in question (5000-6000 items), and have made several changes and corrections to previously submitted materials.
The FAA gave CP Air a new deadline of Sept. 13 and if a new application was not submitted, their bid to fly out of Carlsbad would be officially terminated.
"We will have no problem meeting the re-submission deadline of September 13, and will submit a far superior package to that which was commented on," Selvaggio assured.
CP Air has a meeting scheduled with the FAA next week to discuss next steps and clarify any uncertainties in the application packet.
"Our intent is to submit the finest package ever submitted by any airline applicant to the FAA," said Selvaggio who added, "In view of the delays in achieving our timetable, we cannot foresee beginning operations out of Carlsbad before the First Quarter of 2014."