“"I've got a list of corporations that have gotten out of their airplanes [because of criticism from politicians]. It is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. When you look at the time and cost savings; it does not make sense not to fly [privately]. You can't let public perception interfere with your business decision to fly. It either is a good business decision or it isn't."”
Call the hotline
The FAA has provided grant money to fund a hotline-(888) 759-3581-where charter operators can report "suspected illegal commercial activity." The National Air Transportation Association will administer the program. The hotline is designed to allow employees or agents of Part 135 charter certificate holders to report what they believe may be illegal charters, "where an aircraft operator without an FAA Part 135 certificate is accepting compensation for transportation, in violation of both FAA and Department of Transportation regulations," according to NATA.