Biden mask mandate extends to private jet charters and terminals

private aviation mask requirements

Friday’s late-night mask mandate following President Biden’s executive order extends to Part 135 private jet charter flights, including jet cards, FBOs, and begins at midnight tonight

(Updated) NetJets says the mask mandate doesn’t apply to its flights

Friday’s late-night mask mandate by the CDC following President Joe Biden’s executive order requiring masks to be worn in airports and on commercial airline flights extends to Part 135 charter operations and FBOs, according to a notice sent by the National Air Transportation Association.

Private Jet Card Comparisons reported on the possibility last week after the executive order. The order comes just days in advance of the Super Bowl, typically one of the busiest weekends for private jet flights

Private jet charters left off Federal Excise Tax holiday extension by Congress

FET tax holiday

The 7.5% FET holiday on private jet charters and jet cards is set to expire Dec. 31 and isn’t being extended by Congress in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021

According to an analysis of the 5,593 pages of the House amendment to the Senate amendment of H.R. 133, or the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, there’s good news and bad news.

Illegal private charter flight reports take a “dramatic uptick”

illegal charter

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.

COVID-19 may not get you a refund if your private jet charter flight cancels

Rules for cancelling a private jet charter flight

The time to talk to your broker, operator or jet card provider about COVID-19 related cancellations is before you sign the contract

One problem in life is most consumers don’t read the fine print in contracts they sign until there’s a problem. That was a key point from panelists, including a private jet charter operator, a major charter broker, and executives of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), during a webinar yesterday.

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