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Eugene

(62,036 posts)
Fri Aug 25, 2023, 01:02 PM Aug 2023

The FAA will consider tighter regulation of charter flights that look more like airline service

Also: US FAA considering stricter rules for high-volume charter flight operators (Reuters)

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Source: Associated Press

The FAA will consider tighter regulation of charter flights that look more like airline service

Updated 7:18 PM EDT, August 24, 2023

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said Thursday they will consider tightening the rules on some air charter operators to bring them in line with regulation of passenger airlines.

Airline unions applauded the move. They claim that charter operations can be used to sidestep federal safety regulations.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it will begin rulemaking to cover “high-volume” charters that sell seats to the public and are “essentially indistinguishable” from airlines that offer scheduled service.

The FAA said it has “adjusted its oversight” of charter flights as they have grown in size and frequency over the past 10 years. The agency said it will consider whether regulatory changes are needed “to ensure the management of the level of safety necessary for those operations.”

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Read more: https://apnews.com/article/faa-regulations-charter-flights-26e3932d6bf78c7adf1e1f3a1b1ee01a

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Source: Reuters

US FAA considering stricter rules for high-volume charter flight operators

David Shepardson
Updated Thu, August 24, 2023 at 11:28 PM EDT·2 min read

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Thursday it is considering subjecting high-volume charter flight operators to stricter regulations imposed on passenger airlines.

Airline unions have opposed the expansion of charter operations. Association of Flight Attendants-CWA President Sara Nelson praised the FAA action, calling the charter regulations a "loophole that undermines safety and security rules for commercial aviation."

Charter flights, which can have a maximum of 30 seats, are not subject to the same training for first officers, mandatory retirement of pilots at age 65 or minimum rest periods for airline pilots. Passengers on those flights also need not be screened by the Transportation Security Administration.

The number of charter flights has grown dramatically over the last decade.

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Read more: https://news.yahoo.com/us-faa-considering-stricter-rules-164842029.html

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