Illegal Air Charter – Is It Worth the Risk?

Great question – particularly now, when seven worldwide business aviation trade groups have united to inform you about the dangers inherent in illegal charter, via the newly created the Air Charter Safety Alliance (ACSA). 

But what is illegal charter? And what do aviation’s regulatory enforcement agencies have to say about the very real – and very expensive – safety risks that arise when you sell or buy charter “under the table,” or fly on an FAR Part 91 “borrowed” aircraft.

Listen as Greg Lander, FAA Enforcement Branch Attorney; and Ryan Waguespack, NATA’s Senior Vice President; define what constitutes illegal charter, and discuss the FAA’s renewed enforcement efforts to combat it.

When there’s more to be said than space and copy deadlines allow, you can rely on the Business Aviation Advisor Above and Beyond podcast series to get you the information you need, enabling you to make the most of your aviation investments.

How to Report Illegal Air Charter

To report illegal air charter, call 1-888-SKY-FLT1 (1-888-759-3581), or contact either the FAA at, or NATA at

Publisher of Business Aviation Advisor, has nearly 50 years in business aviation including executive positions at aircraft management/charter and ground services companies. He is a past director of the NATA and Corporate Angel Network.


  1. Excellent information and very well presented on illegal air charter. I appreciated the helicopter operator example, as I have had to deal with similar competition as the discussed non-compliant operator. Thank you.

  2. Excellent podcast. Open, frank, and addressed many of the critical questions around what continues to be a poorly understood subject. Greg, in particular, was very forthright and candid. Thanks again for organizing such a wonderful topic for review. Always good to get a refresher.


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