The old Enforcement regime has been replaced. Whitewash applied to 2015 would be anachronistic.
FAA Compliance Philosophy
Cleveland agreed to expenditures of $535,000 meaning the FAA reduced the civil penalty to $200,000. The Press Release raises more questions than it answers.
Does this sanction signal a deviation from the FAA Administrator’s new compliance program?
This resolution not only closes 13 matters but it also forges a compromise within the FAA between its old and its new approaches to this type of case.
The author got what she requested, but failed to realize the Cleveland’s Interim Director of Port Control Fred Szabo gave a somewhat obtuse hint in his answer.
Like evolution, the FAA’s new compliance policy will take time, but it will be worth the wait.