The newly launched US Private Aviation Association (USPAA) will play a vital role in helping the USA's charter air operators shape the aviation landscape across America.
“USPAA aims to elevate industry standards, foster cooperation and drive progress as a dedicated voice for Part 135 private air charter operators,” says chairman Dann Standard of Bravo Air in Augusta, Georgia. “It is our priority that we advocate for fair regulations and policies that promote safety, growth and innovation in our industry.”
In 2020, charter air operations accounted for more than 11,000 aircraft in America's skies and played a substantial role in the general aviation's $47.4 billion impact to the American economy as reported by the FAA's Economic Impact of US Civil Aviation. “As we continue to climb out of COVID's economic dip, we anticipate significant growth in private aviation beyond pre-pandemic levels in the coming years,” Standard adds.
USPAA has been created to provide a platform for charter operators to connect, share insights and engage in collaborative efforts to support and grow the charter air industry.
“We knew from day one that an organisation like USPAA could bring operators together to meet common goals and address common issues,” says founding board member Chuck White of Hera Flight in Clearwater, Florida. “We now have a dedicated voice that is focused exclusively on Part 135 operators. That is what we need for advocacy, collaboration and innovation in the private air charter industry.”
With more than 1,800 private air charter operators across the nation, USPAA focuses exclusively on the charter air industry. “We formed USPAA because we recognised the urgent need for an organisation dedicated to our unique challenges and opportunities as private charter air operators,” adds founding board member Erik Neiderman of STA Jets in Orange County, California.
Full memberships are open to all private air charter operators with a Part 135 certificate. Associate memberships are open to individuals, businesses and industries that work with and support America's private charter air operators.