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AOPA Promotes Best Charter Practices

December 22, 2020

AOPA Promotes Best Charter Practices

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has joined the industry effort to promote best charter practices with the publication of the “General Aviation Dry Leasing Guide,” which addresses concerns about illegal activity when chartering an aircraft without crew.

AOPA worked closely with other industry experts to create the comprehensive publication, which breaks down key regulatory information as it relates to charters. The FAA’s increased scrutiny over charter flights using such dry leases — which has taken shape largely under the agency’s Safe Air Charter initiative — has led aircraft owners and lessors to seek greater clarity on the arrangements, so they can fully ensure proper compliance. In simplest terms, a dry lease is one in which the lessor simply provides an aircra, leaving it to the lessee to employ or contract crewmembers, and to assume operational control of a flight. The free guide was developed by AOPA, the Experimental Aircra Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the Helicopter Association International, the National Air Transportation Association, and the National Business Aviation Association. Written by veteran industry experts, it offers a detailed breakdown of the best practices for proper use of dry leases, clarifying how aircra owners can derive benefits from the arrangement, while enhancing the industry’s vigilance against illegal charter operators.
   —Please visit https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/allnews/2020/december/21/aopa-joins-industry-effort-to-promote-best-charter-practices to read more about this.