FAA proposes fine against AZ flight school

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WASHINGTON -- Federal aviation officials are proposing a $330,000 fine against an Arizona flight school for graduating would-be pilots who hadn't completed the school's training program or who had failed final tests.

The Federal Aviation Administration also said Tuesday that North-Aire Aviation of Prescott Valley, Ariz., didn't correct the discrepancies after they were pointed out. FAA said the school's training program didn't meet federal regulations and it failed to retain student records as required.

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said in a statement that it's important that pilots receive full training and that short cuts aren't taken.

The agency said the fines relate to 18 students who graduated between April and August of 2008.