FAA clears Jem Air Holdings of illegal charter allegations

By Doug Gollan, May 30, 2020

After proposing a $220,000 fine against the Part 135 charter operator in April, the Federal Aviation Administration has said its actions are “no longer warranted”

The Federal Aviation Administration has cleared Raleigh, North Carolina-based Jem Air Holdings, LLC. The update comes just weeks after alleging it operated multiple illegal charters.

In a press release issued on April 17, 2020, the FAA proposed a $220,000 fine against Jem Air. It alleged the Cessna Citation and King Air charter operator used three unqualified pilots. The FAA said they flew as second-in-command on 18 flights between April 25, 2019, and May 19, 2019.”


In a statement posted to its website, Jem Air disputed the allegations. It said it had requested a meeting to present additional facts.

In a letter provided to Private Jet Card Comparisons, assistant chief counsel for enforcement Naomi Tsuda wrote, “Following the issuance of the civil penalty letter dated April 8, 2020, the informal conference held May 20, 2020, and additional correspondence, the Federal Aviation Administration has reevaluated this case.”


She continued, “Following our review of the Enforcement Investigative Report and the information provided by you during the informal conference, we find that legal enforcement action, in this case, is no longer warranted. We hereby withdraw the civil penalty letter dated April 8, 2020. You may consider this matter closed.”

The letter from the FAA to the Part 135 charter operator was dated May 27.


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