By Alison L. Squiccimarro
Conducting charter operations legally is expensive. You incur tremendous costs to comply with the Federal Aviation Regulations. You meet the rigorous record keeping requirements, meet stricter maintenance standards, implement pilot training and drug and alcohol testing programs, and maintain the requisite insurance required by Part 135. You manage your business consistent with the applicable regulations and guidance at a significant added cost as compared to operating under Part 91. You may at some point find yourself competing against an operator who is less educated and/or less concerned about following the applicable regulations and who engages in what amounts to illegal charter.