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.
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.
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.
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.
There are 1,929 operators of private jets, turboprops, piston aircraft, and helicopters authorized by the FAA to conduct commercial flights for hire under Part 135
How do you ensure that the operator who is flying you is authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct charter flights for hire?
Private Jet Card Comparisons has published the most recent list from the FAA in an easy-to-scan A to Z format.
You can view the list here.