Only recently, the CAAP suspended ZestAir for failing to comply with flight standards — like, having no Accountable Manager since July 19; its crew failing to check aircraft logs at one time; a ZestAir plane refueling with passengers on board last August 14 and its airline pilot was also found to have exceeded the 100-hour flight time limit per month.
Well, what does an “accountable manager” do anyway? The AM according to the PCAR ensures that all flight operations and maintenance activities are done with the highest standards of safety. So if for that reason and with the CAAP having proven the violations — the suspension was, indeed, justified.
This suspension would last until corrective measures were taken by the airline – which eventually was reported lifted just last August 20.
Incidentally, however, my experience with ZestAir has been better than that of other local airlines. Every ZestAir plane I took departs on time and arrives at its destination 10-20 minutes before its estimated time of arrival. Wow! Its crews were also more friendly and helpful. Besides that, ZestAir got the lowest airfare rates. These are just some reasons why this airline is a good way to fly.
Nonetheless, just like other local airlines, it seems that many of their planes have “aged”; so as a reminder, ZestAir should make a stricter policy of regularly checking its aircrafts’ condition to assure of air worthiness. Safety is primary.