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.

Pilots in deadly 2018 illegal charter crash were unqualified

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The Falcon 50 accident killed both pilots and seriously injured the two passengers after overrunning the runway in Greenville, South Carolina

Neither pilot flying the ill-fated Dassault Falcon 50 than overran the runway at Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) in September 2018 were qualified to operate the flight as a Part 135 charter, according to a final report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

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