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FAA May Fine Southwest $325,000 for Faulty Windshield Heater Warning

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This issue seems small in comparison to the larger changing landscape of aviation that the FAA needs to be paying just as close attention to.

— Samantha Shankman

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration today proposed a $325,000 fine against Southwest Airlines for the alleged improper installation of a switch that tests an aircraft’s windshield heating system.

The contested switch was installed on an AirTrain Airways Boeing 717 jet in August 2011 and was present on 1,140 flights before the problem was corrected, the FAA says.

The switch is designed to indicate if the windshield heater on the left, right, or center windshield failed when a warning sounded. In this case, the left and center signals were reversed, the FAA says.

Southwest now has 30 days to respond to the FAA’s proposal.

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