Audit knocks state over flight school inspections


A state audit says Michigan regulators have fallen behind in inspecting flight schools.

The state Transportation Department is supposed to inspect schools every three years, but auditors found the rule was missed at 80 percent of 63 flight schools reviewed. Inspections were more than three years late at 26 schools, and more than five years tardy at eight.

The Transportation Department generally agreed with the finding and says the Aeronautics Office will comply with state law.

The office is supposed to inspect airports and license aircraft dealers, flight schools and aircraft. Most of its budget comes from the federal government.