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Responding To FAA Investigations And Enforcement Actions Involving Alleged Illegal Charter Operators

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Produced on August 20, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 5m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Aviation

Course Description

The Federal Aviation Administration has recently increased its investigations into illegal charter activities and is vigorously pursuing enforcement against operators conducting illegal charter flights. Many of the publicized cases have involved owners and operators of business jets with civil penalty assessments in excess of a million dollars. However, the FAA doesn’t just pursue enforcement actions against illegal charter involving jets. It will go after any operator conducting illegal charter whether the operator is using jets or single-engine, piston aircraft.

This course will briefly explain what constitutes illegal charter operations, how the FAA investigates and pursues enforcement action against illegal charter operators, and how to assist clients who may be subject to investigation by the FAA and/or enforcement action for illegal charter operations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss how the FAA investigates aircraft leasing structures and illegal charter operations
  2. Identify the tools available for the FAA to use in connection with enforcement actions it pursues against illegal charter operators
  3. Provide guidance for responding to FAA investigations into aircraft leasing structures and illegal charter operations and representing clients in enforcement actions resulting from those investigations. 

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Gregory J. Reigel

Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP

Greg has more than two decades of experience working with airlines, charter companies, fixed base operators, airports, repair stations, pilots, mechanics, and other aviation businesses in aircraft purchase and sale transactions, regulatory compliance including hazmat and drug and alcohol testing, contract negotiation, airport grant assurances, airport leasing, aircraft related agreements, wet leasing, dry leasing, FAA certificate and civil penalty actions and general aviation and business law matters.

He routinely represents and counsels both U.S. and international aviation industry clients on complex FAA, DOT, and TSA, regulatory compliance and enforcement issues. His clients include a diversity of lenders, buyers, sellers, lessors and lessees who he helps implement legal strategies and transaction structures with the goal of securing and optimizing their legal and financial interests. He also assists aviation clients in resolving disputes arising from their aviation activities including litigation, alternate dispute resolution and representation before local, state and federal agencies and legislative bodies.

As an aviation law authority, Greg has extensive experience teaching the next generation of aviation and legal professionals. He has taught aviation law, aviation transactions, aviation security, and business law and trial advocacy courses. Greg is a noted presenter and has spoken at multiple conferences and to numerous groups over the years about aviation regulatory, security and legal issues. He also regularly writes on these same issues for a variety of aviation and legal publications.

Greg holds a commercial pilot certificate (single-engine land, single-sea and multi-engine land) with an instrument rating.


Andrew P.

Excellent presentation Great speaker Wonderful review of the FAA Enforcment policies and procedures

Paul S. R.

Subject matter is broader than alleged illegal charters.

Christopher M.

I found the topic interesting, and I always appreciate practical examples and advice over theoretical. As a holder of a PPL as well, it is also interesting to see what to expect if I ever get ramp checked.

Georgian P.

Great program! Very interesting topic. Speaker/Attorney was knowledgeable, professional and an effective communicator. Information presented was helpful and substantive. Enjoyed the presentation. Thank you for the solid information on this topic! Definitely recommend this course and this Speaker!

Anne W.

Clear and concise presentation of information

Walter T.

Appreciate the detailed walkthrough process of FAA ramp checks.

Deborah Lynn W.

Different area for me - interesting!

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