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.
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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.
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Two private jet trade groups are accusing the cable network of misrepresenting Clay Lacy and the importance of business aviation
A letter issued yesterday by the top executives of the National Business Aviation Association and National Air Transport Association said CNBC coverage of the CARES Act distorted the impact of Covid-19 on business aviation.
A post on NBAA’s website was titled, “CNBC Distorts Pandemic’s Impact on Business Aviation, Specifically Charter Company Clay Lacy.”
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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 S-76 helicopter 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.
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