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 believe you are chartering, verify the operator's legitimacy. Ask for copies of the air carrier certificate and for validation that your selected aircraft is authorized for charter use. If an operator is resistant to providing verification, you would be wise to consider another charter operator.

When leasing an aircraft, recognize that you are assuming responsibility for all aspects of the flight. If the lessor is retaining responsibility, it may be an illegal charter.

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Articles and Webinars

"The Basics of Flying Privately" BJT Webinar March 2021

March 2020 Business Aviation Advisor Podcast Are you covered?

March 2020 Business Aviation Advisor Podcast No More Mr. Nice Guy

April 2020 Business Aviation Advisor Podcast Something's Borrowed Someone's Blue

July 2020 Business Aviation Advisor Podcast FAA Getting Ahead of Illegal Charters

November 2020 Business Aviation Advisor Podcast It's a Family Affair

"Is Your Charter Deal Too Good To Be True?" (James Wynbrandt, Business Jet Traveler, NOVEMBER 2018)

Consequences for Aircraft Owners

Justice Department Involvement in FAA's Illegal Charter Case Spotlights Consequences for Aircraft Owners

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)

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