Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton Aviation Attorney David Norton in Texas Lawyer on Illegal Charters

Illegal Air Charter

Published April 29, 2019

A growing issue in the general and business aviation community is the conduct of illegal charters. Two common causes are improper aircraft leasing structures and the misapplication of certain commercial-operation exemptions found under the federal aviation regulations (the “FAR,” as found at 14 C.F.R. parts 1-199, with the “Sections” and “Parts” noted below referring to these rules). The Federal Aviation Administration is increasing its oversight of this issue, in some cases proposing significant civil penalties. So when does an illegal charter occur and what may happen as a result?

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