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.

COVID-19 raises illegal charter concerns a year after Sala’s deadly plane crash

are private jets safe

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.

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