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NATA website facilitates reporting of illegal charter
NATA has launched an online resource called 'Avoid Illegal Charter'. The website features new search and reporting tools that enable site visitors to look up FAA air charter certificate data and make a report.
NATA vice president Ryan Waguespack.

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and its Illegal Charter Task Force are launching a new website ( dedicated to assisting members and the traveling public to identify, avoid and report illegal charter activity. The site is segmented into five functional areas with fact sheets and information essential to each air charter audience: operators, owners, brokers, consumers and the FAA.

Two easily accessible tools arevavailable to all site visitors: the Look Up a Charter Operator search function and the online Illegal Charter Report Form. The Look Up a Charter Operator function is a user-friendly tool for navigating FAA air charter certificate data. Any interested party can simply enter an operator name or aircraft tail number to verify charter status. If an operator is suspected of engaging in illegal charter, a report may be made by calling the Illegal Charter Hotline (888-SKY-FLT1) or by using the new, online Illegal Charter Report Form. Individuals may choose to remain anonymous through either reporting option.

“Through these new tools and educational materials, NATA is leading the effort to prevent illegal charters from undermining safe and legitimate businesses. The new search and reporting capabilities provide the agility needed in the field to support the ultimate goal of putting an end to illegal charter. We are encouraged by the immediate adoption of these tools with inquiries already submitted,” says NATA vice president Ryan Waguespack.

In addition, an array of resources provided to help understand the risks of illegal charter are available and have been used along with the fact sheets at industry events across the nation to educate stakeholders.

“As long as we continue to see cases of suspected illegal charter, more must be done to sound the alarm and educate the industry and public, at all levels, of the inherent risks and dangers of these activities,” adds Waguespack. “We are pleased to partner with more and more FAA field offices in supporting events designed to highlight these potential life-saving messages in their particular region. Together we will make a greater impact.”

NATA would urge potential charter customers to visit before hiring a charter operator, if they suspect an operator is engaging in illegal charter, or if they need more information in keeping aircraft leases legal - Fly smarter: avoid illegal charter.

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