FAA alleges Massachusetts operator conducted 1,400 illegal charter flights

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The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a $1million fine for illegal charters again Weathervane Aviation Services, LLC

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a $1,001,000 civil penalty against Weathervane Aviation Services, LLC, of Westport, Mass., for allegedly operating illegal charter flights.

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.  

Cheap private jet flights: 11 big mistakes private flight buyers make

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Don’t believe articles that technology is lowering private jet prices. Promises of cheap private jet travel are often based on misleading press releases and a lack of knowledge

Promises of cheap private jet flights invoking Uber analogies and claiming technology breakthroughs that lower charter costs are common themes of uninformed coverage. The articles are wrong. Apps don’t impact how much you will pay. In fact, most online pricing tools for private jets don’t even give you hard quotes. They are simply tools to capture your contact information so sales reps can follow-up.

Much of the charter rates you see online are estimates. And for every slick app, you’ll find if you aren’t familiar with the industry’s ins and outs, it’s easy to make big mistakes when buying private flights. With COVID-19 causing more consumers to shop for private aviation options, if you are serious, buyer beware.

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.

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