NATA, along with its Air Charter Committee, launched an initiative to combat illegal charter, addressing a growing concern among members and industry. This initiative reinforces the association's ongoing efforts in opposing a serious threat to air charter and the public that is often difficult to identify due to the use of deceptive and convoluted agreements. NATA's initiative to combat illegal charter is overseen by a sub-committee of its Air Charter Committee called the NATA Illegal Charter Task Force.
What can you do to avoid illegal charter?
If you suspect someone of offering an illegal leasing scheme, collect any factual information, take notes on conversations with their customers, and document the advertisements or sales pitches. Next, file a report with the Illegal Charter Hotline (888-SKY-FLT1) or by using this online form. All reports are forwarded to and reviewed by the FAA.
If you suspect that a client is moving to or using an illegal system, articulate the safety-based differences between you and a Part 91 operator (pilot experience, training and oversight, maintenance programs, equipment, background/drug checks, etc.). Explain the liability ramifications to a customer participating in a dry-leasing system. Ask a client also getting a quote from you if they are aware of the requirements to file leases with the FAA (and if it's been done) and ask if they have obtained LOAs where required (e.g RVSM, MEL).
To make your voice heard in DC, join the National Air Transportation Association and other industry organizations.
Participate in regional and national events (conference, town halls, etc.).
Educate your aircraft owners and customers on the risks posed by illegal charter schemes, using the fact sheets and resources found on this website.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Fifteen Shades of Grey Aircraft Charter (John McGraw of NATA, Business Aviation Advisor, August 9, 2018)
Shedding More Light on Illegal Charter (Business Aviation Advisor - Above and Beyond Podcast Series September 13, 2018)
Stay Out of the Illegal Charter Trap
FAA CRACKING DOWN ON UNAUTHORIZED CHARTER? HOW THAT CAN AFFECT YOUR “PURELY PRIVATE” FLIGHTS (By Joe Hardy, Aviation Law Section, Winter 2018 Newsletter)
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