NATA brings back Air Charter Summit

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As 2020 approaches, the National Air Transportation Association is entering its 80th year of service and is committed to address the needs of the Part 135 community, including bringing an end to illegal charter operations and fraudulent dry leases.

In addition to continuing its existing efforts, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is planning to bring back its popular Air Charter Summit in June of 2020.

This event, intended for Part 135 Operators and those that support the industry, will provide a forum for discussions about how to maximize safety and success in air charter business, while also addressing major threats to the industry.

The Summit will be held in conjunction with NATA’s Aviation Business Conference in Washington, DC from June 16-18, 2020.

“At our core, NATA pays attention to the needs of its members and the industry climate. 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 in on the issue of combatting illegal charter operations and sham dry leases whereby the lessee does not have operational control of the aircraft,” said NATA COO Tim Obitts.

In the past few months, since the release of its Illegal Charter Survey, NATA has recorded a tremendous uptick in the number of filings on its Illegal Charter hotline and online portal.

The survey itself has helped the association gain a lot of ground towards understanding the nuances of the issues surrounding illegal operations that its members are facing. Around 90% of the survey respondents stated that they had knowledge of illegal operations, however, only 50% said they reported their suspicions – citing concerns that their reports were not being acted upon.

“Illegal charter operations take on many forms,” said Ryan Waguespack, vice president for NATA. “NATA’s top priority is to promote safety in our industry – and just one loss affects the entire community. We have been making great strides in shedding light on the issue and garnering worldwide support of our efforts. Our resolve remains steadfast.”

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