"The company is not maintaining the required number of current pilot personnel who are qualified and capable of conducting day to day operations at the highest level of safety," another FAA report found.

Ten months after Grant's death, "The Administrator has determined that an emergency exists related to safety in air commerce and that immediate action to revoke American Aviation's Air Carrier Certificate is required."

The FAA issued seven fines totaling more than $40,000 since 2000, saying American operated aircraft past inspection cutoffs, flew planes in unairworthy conditions, failed to comply with a manufacturer's maintenance program and, among other failings, had a plane with a dented left wing and broken up de-ice shields.

The plane Grant used on his final flight had been written up a year earlier because it had flown in 2003 even though the right engine and right propeller governor were past the manufacturer's recommended overhaul limits.

After Grant's crash, an inspection of pilot training in March concluded: "Even though the training records indicated the training had been done ... the pilots stated that they had never been trained in several areas."

In April, an FAA review of Grant's crash found even more maintenance issues -- and said the company "continued to violate the safety regulations and is significantly delinquent in the payment of civil penalties."

Ten months after Grant's death, "The Administrator has determined that an emergency exists related to safety in air commerce and that immediate action to revoke American Aviation's Air Carrier Certificate is required."

| Reporting by Ronnie Greene | Photography by Candace Barbot | Audio Editing by Rhonda Victor Sibilia | Online Production by Stephanie Rosenblatt | (c) Miami Herald July 9, 2006 |