Jet Talk

Charter, Jet Card, Fractional or Ownership?
Kent S. Jackson | June 25, 2019

Which One is Right for You? In a simple world, the expected number of flight hours for the year would dictate the choice. But there is substantial overlap between the choices because of the needs and wants of customers. Today’s market for private aviation offers a dizzying array of choices. What benchmarks do advisors use […]

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Improving Charter Safety
Kent S. Jackson | May 22, 2019

NTSB Calls Out Part 135 on Most Wanted List The NTSB just announced the 2019-2020 Most Wanted List. Number Six on the top ten list is “Improve the Safety of Part 135 Aircraft Flight Operations.” As a former charter pilot, I ground my teeth when I read that the FAA doesn’t require on-demand flights “to […]

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Charity Flights
Kent S. Jackson | April 15, 2019

“Charity creates a multitude of sins.” –Oscar Wilde Companies and pilots often assume that no harm could come from offering a ride in the corporate jet at a charity auction. The FARs do allow charity flights under FAR Part 91, but the restrictions are quite narrow. FAR § 91.146 is titled “Passenger-carrying flights for the […]

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Inflight Medical Emergencies
Kent S. Jackson | October 11, 2018

What are the practical and legal considerations when a passenger or crewmember becomes ill in flight? For the larger air carriers and operators of large business aircraft, a flight attendant is usually available to deal with the inflight medical emergency of a passenger or even a crewmember.  But what about a business aviation operation with […]

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Anti-Airport Funding? Did East Hampton divert airport funds to fight airport use?
Kent S. Jackson | July 11, 2018

The NBAA has appealed an FAA administrative decision to the next level, which in this case is to the FAA Associate Administrator for Airports.  Here is the question on appeal:  Does the federal prohibition on revenue diversion – as set forth in assurance #25 for Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants (as mandated by 49 U.S.C. […]

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Sharing Aircraft: Where is the line between FAR Part 91 and Part 135?
Kent S. Jackson | June 11, 2018

Congress recently clarified that aircraft management fees should not be subject to Federal Excise Tax (FET), nor should flights be operated by the aircraft owner.  However, there are still many gray areas for business flight operations that want to collect reimbursement for flights without taking on FAR Part 135 certifications.  Read the full article…

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