Air Charter Safety Alliance launched by private aviation trade groups

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The Air Charter Safety Alliance wants to raise awareness about illegal on-demand private air charter flights

Seven private aviation industry trade groups are joining forces to combat illegal private jet charters. They plan a coordinated effort to combat illegal on-demand charter flights in the sector.

The group, called the Air Charter Safety Alliance (ACSA), will raise awareness among potential customers, charter brokers, ministries of transport, and national aviation authorities regarding the use of unauthorized aircraft operators for on-demand flights.  

Illegal private charter flight reports take a “dramatic uptick”

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Newcomers looking for deals and cash strapped private jet owners are causing a surge in illegal charter activity. However, FAA enforcement often misses the mark, industry experts say

Illegal charter can be deadly. Last year’s death of European soccer star Emiliano Sala came on an aircraft not authorized for commercial charters in Europe. It was flown by a pilot who wasn’t qualified. A 2018 Falcon 50 crash that killed both pilots in South Carolina found that maintenance records weren’t up to date. The pilots were not qualified to fly Part 135 charter flights.

Private Jet execs bullish on recovery, near-term and into next year

private jet trends August 2020

45% of business aviation executives expect to finish 2020 in a stronger position, compared to just 16% who predict a decline. 92% are very/fairly optimistic about 2021

Major airlines warn that a full recovery may now take into 2024. Business aviation executives say that’s not the case for private jet travel.

A poll of more than 500 attendees at Corporate Jet Investor’s weekly Town Hall meeting showed a confident outlook about the future.

COVID-19 raises illegal charter concerns a year after Sala’s deadly plane crash

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As private jet travel attracts price-sensitive newcomers, illegal charters with unqualified pilots and aircraft are creating new dangers

“We’ve just got done with a case..The PIC (Pilot-in-Charge) was not typed in the aircraft and the SIC (Second Officer-in-Charge) was a student pilot with less than 50 hours. That’s one of the most unsafe things I’ve seen. This stuff goes on. It happens.”

– FAA Inspector

Back in 2016, I was visiting the headquarters of Jet Linx Aviation in Omaha, Nebraska. Walking with its CEO Jamie Walker between a series of meetings, he suggested I write about illegal charters. He said it was a subject he didn’t think was getting enough attention.

FAA clears Jem Air Holdings of illegal charter allegations

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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.

Kobe Bryant helicopter firm, Private Jet charter operator fined in April for illegal flights, gain CARES Act funding

Island Express Helicopters and Jem Air Holdings received $603,838 and $158,775, respectively, from the Treasury Department

Island Express Helicopters, the operator of the charter flight that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant and eight others, including the pilot, on Jan. 26, 2020, received $603,838 in funding as part of the CARES Act, according to a list published over the weekend by the Department of the Treasury.

You might be running an illegal charter (and not know it)

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A $100 million lawsuit your insurance won’t cover could be one accident away

If you are successful enough to own your own private jet, it probably took long hours and lots of hard work.

Chances are, you bought your private jet – or turboprop – because it was a business tool, allowing you to go to multiple locations and out of the way places more efficiently.

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