If you want to set up air charter services or fly cargo charter flights, then you'll need to know the rules and certifications. The Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, has a bevy of rules for charter pilots and air charter operators.
Whether you want to fly cargo, people or some combination of both, renting out the entire aircraft (with a pilot and crew) as opposed to one seat at a time is known as air chartering. Air charter services can mean different things to different companies. Some common types of air charter services include:
1. Air cargo charters (also referred to as air freight charters or cargo charter flights)
2. International charter flights (passengers on board)
3. International charter flights (cargo on board)
4. Domestic air charter services (passengers on board)
5. Domestic air charter services (cargo on board)
6. International and/or domestic air cargo carrier
Every type of air chartering service will have its own rules that you need to learn, both in the United States as well as other countries. Whatever air charter services you want to offer, start your air charter services education and training off with three important steps.
Learn the FAA rules for air charter operatorsWhether your business involves air charter cargo operations, carrying passengers on an international charter flight or domestic charter operations, the FAA has ultimate authority over how and if you operate. Any business or person wishing to operate air charter services must get a Part 135 Certification, which falls under the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
Consider a consultant to get your air charter operators certification (Part 135)Once you know what you need to do to get your air charter operator certification you may decide your business can't devote the time needed to go through the certification process alone. Consultants can lead your business through the process of getting certified to operate an air charter service.
Get a safety audit for air charter operatorsWhile the FAA will issue a Part 135 certification, many global jet charters and air charter operators also get independent audits to evaluate the safety of their operation. These safety audits go beyond the FAA requirements for Part 135 air charter operators.
- If you want to fly international charter flights, then you'll also need to be intensely familiar with the laws in the countries in which you plan to fly. Global air charter services need to know about things like overflight permits and international charter flight regulations. The FAA can help you amass the information you need and direct you toward the appropriate agencies in the countries your air charter services will visit.