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.

Here’s where the private jets were flying for the July 4th holiday

private jet travel trends August 2020

While airline passenger counts remained 75% below last year’s levels, private jet flights increased 5% during America’s birthday Independence Day holiday in 2020

– The 50 Busiest Private Jet Airports during the holidays

– Airports with the biggest increases and decreases of private jets

– The most popular private jet routes for the July 4th holiday

As airline passenger levels remained 75% below last year, a detailed analysis by Private Jet Card Comparisons of data from WingX shows not only that private jet flights were up year-over-year by 5%, but where they were going.

Normally a niche segment, private jets are becoming more important to the travel and tourism industry, which before the COVID-19 pandemic supported 10% of worldwide jobs.

World’s largest private jet conference canceled

NBAA cancels 2020 trade show and conference

The National Business Aviation Association said the 2020 version of its annual conference and exhibition won’t take place due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic

Consumers are turning to private jets in record numbers as they seek to avoid exposure to the deadly COVID-19 Coronavirus. However, the largest industry conference has been canceled.

Pilots in deadly 2018 illegal charter crash were unqualified

Illegal charter

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).

NetJets receives FAA approval for AQP training program

NetJets safety

The world’s largest private jet operator continues its focus on safety via a new heightened training program for its pilots

NetJets, the world’s largest private jet operator, said it has launched an Advanced Qualification Program (AQP).

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), “AQP is a voluntary alternative to the traditional regulatory requirements under CFR 14, Parts 121 and 135 for pilot training and checking. Under the AQP the FAA is authorized to approve significant departures from traditional requirements, subject to a justification of an equivalent or better level of safety. The program entails a systematic front-end analysis of training requirements from which explicit proficiency objectives for all facets of pilot training are derived.”

Sentient Jet launches new ad campaign as first-time buyers soar

Sentient Jet

Over 50% of private jet flight hours sold since the beginning of April were to new customers

Jet card leader Sentient Jet today offered more evidence that private jet travel is set to get a boost from first-timers.

The unit of Directional Aviation’s OneSky Flight said over 50% of the more than 5,000 private jet flight hours it sold since the beginning of April were to first-time customers. Private Jet Card Comparisons estimates that equates to around $15 million in purchases from new members.

Kobe Bryant helicopter firm, Private Jet charter operator fined in April for illegal flights, gain CARES Act funding

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 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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