Kemper flight school closes operation

March 23, 2008

Palm Beach County: Kemper Aviation has suspended operation of its flight school after a series of fatal air crashes, including one that killed all four on board a small plane last week.
Akshay Mohan, co-owner of the company, on Friday said the school ceased operations on March 13, the same day as the accident that killed Jeffrey Rozelle, Kemper’s other owner, as well as two Florida Atlantic University students and a bird expert.
Mohan would give no details other than to say the flight school, based at Palm Beach County Park airport, west of Lantana, is now “non-operational.”
On Friday, a sign at Kemper’s entrance said the school was closed, although the doors were unlocked. About five people in a reception area, who declined to be identified, said the school’s planes have not flown for about a week.
Even before last week’s crash, Kemper was under Federal Aviation Administration scrutiny, the result of two other fatal accidents since October. The FAA, in turn, has been under pressure by two area congressmen to complete its investigation and take quick action.
Whether the school notified the FAA that it had already ceased operations was unclear on Friday, as FAA spokesman Warren Woodberry said he didn’t know if that was the case.
Regardless, he added, “Everything is still under investigation.”
Following the latest accident, U.S. Reps. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, and Robert Wexler, D-Delray Beach, criticized the FAA, saying the agency should have taken action against Kemper sooner.
22/03/08 Ken Kaye, Patty Pensa And Jerome Burdi/South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Florida, USA

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