The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and its Illegal Charter Task Force has launched a website to assist members and the traveling public in identifying, avoiding, and reporting illegal charter activity.
www.avoidillegalcharter.com is segmented into five areas with fact sheets and information for each air charter audience: operators, owners, brokers, consumers, and the FAA.
The site offers two tools, the Look Up a Charter Operator search function and the online Illegal Charter Report Form.
The Look Up a Charter Operator function is a tool for navigating FAA air charter certificate data. Any interested party may 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 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,” said NATA vice president Ryan Waguespack.