Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s private jet flight may have been an illegal charter

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A flight taken by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer for a trip to Florida to visit her elderly father may have been an illegal charter, according to media reports

Fox 2 News in Detroit is reporting the company that flew Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on a private jet to Florida was not on a Part 135 certificate.

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.  

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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