Illegal Charters Prompt Return Of NATA Summit

 - November 22, 2019, 11:35 AM

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) will revive its annual Air Charter Summit for Part 135 operators as concerns about illegal charter operations grow. It will be held from June 16 to 20, 2020, in Washington, D.C., alongside the group’s Aviation Business Conference.

“At our core, NATA pays attention to the needs of its members and the industry climate,” said NATA COO Tim Obitts. “After talking with our membership, we believe that 2020 is a great time to bring back the Air Charter Summit, particularly now as the world focuses on the issue of combatting illegal charter operations and sham dry leases, whereby the lessee does not have operational control of the aircraft.”

NATA has seen a “dramatic uptick” in the number of filings on its illegal charter hotline and online portal in the past few months. In its Illegal Charter Survey, about 90 percent of survey respondents said they had knowledge of illegal operations but only 50 percent reported them because they didn’t think their reports were being acted upon. The group’s Illegal Charter Task Force continues to work with government agencies and Flight Standards District Offices on outreach and improving the reporting process, NATA said.