Jet Talk

Contract Pilots
Kent S. Jackson | February 20, 2020

Taking the Long View on Short Term Solutions Contract Pilots Taking the Long View on Short Term Solutions With more business aircraft pilots joining the scheduled carriers, the importance and appeal of temporary contract pilots is gaining attention. What are the operational, insurance and legal considerations for these pilots and the companies that need them? […]

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Scheduled On-Demand Charter
Kent S. Jackson | February 20, 2020

Charter by the Seat? You find a complex variety of buying options within the FAR Part 135 charter. Some of the variations seem to cross over into scheduled operations. For example, if you buy an “empty leg” of an existing charter, is that a scheduled flight? How can you possibly buy a seat on an […]

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Keeping Your Medical
Kent S. Jackson | August 20, 2019

How to Handle FAA Medical Issues Many pilots fear that a medical misunderstanding will cost them their career. Due to the draconian laws surrounding the FAA medical process, these fears are justified. Since flying is a “privilege” and not a constitutional right, pilots don’t have the legal protections that most Americans take for granted. What […]

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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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