Airline Dispatchers Want Frax Under Part 121

 - October 9, 2007, 12:31 PM

Fractional aircraft ownership operations, as well as charter operations, would be regulated under FAR Part 121, if the Airline Dispatcher Federation (ADF) has its way. The Washington trade group, which represents about 1,100 airline dispatchers, lamented that the notice of proposed rulemaking establishing fractional-ownership operations under Part 91 doesn’t require dispatchers. ADF said there is “clear evidence” that charter operations without the benefit of dispatchers are not as safe as they could be. The group said the recent fatal crashes of a GIII at Aspen and the Cessna 402 accident that killed R&B singer Aaliyah and eight others “highlight that fact since both accidents appear to be linked to dispatch-specific contributing factors.”