FAA Cracking Down on Illegal Charter Flights: UPDATE

  • The FAA is conducting a seminar on preventing illegal air charters
  • How/ when to tune into the seminar

Last week, the FAA sent a message that it would give large fines for operators carrying out charter flights without all the appropriate certification or requirements of flying. This “Gray Area” is identified as operators claiming flights that are actually revenue-generating operations are misrepresented as either sales demos or some other dodge to get around the strict (and costly) federal requirements of commercial flying for hire. As seen in our article from last week, the FAA proposed more than $1.2 million in fines against five separate operators it alleges conducted the illegal flights. 

Underscoring the importance of combating illegal charter, the rules of which can sometimes be confusing for brokers, passengers and others, the FAA is conducting an online seminar for operators, mechanics, schedulers and passengers on the topic, titled “Preventing and Identifying Illegal Air Charters—Learn How to Prevent and Avoid an Illegal Air Charter Flight”—on Monday, Aug. 23, at 19:00 Eastern Daylight Time.

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