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OST-04-19426 - Elimination of Commuter Air Carrier Regulations
Elimination of Commuter Air Carrier Registrations
October 28, 2004
The fitness requirements and the process for obtaining authority for commuter air carriers are nearly identical to those applicable to companies seeking certificates of public convenience and necessity under 49 U.S.C. 41101. In fact, many companies that propose to operate small aircraft (under 60 seats of 18,000 pounds payload) and that would otherwise qualify for commuter authority choose instead to seek a certificate. At present, approximately 35 carriers hold commuter authority from the Department; of the approximately 145 carriers that currently hold certificates of public convenience and necessity, approximately 60 operate small aircraft only. In addition, both commuter air carriers and certificated air carriers must notify the Department under 14 CFR 204.5 of any substantial changes in their operations, ownership, or management. Unlike commuters, however, certificated air carriers are not required to file registration forms or amendments.
By: Karan Bhatia
November 17, 2004
One provision contained within the Departments proposal appears to conflict with FAA operating rules: I.e., that upon a suspension or revocation of commuter authority, an operator (tickling an air taxi registration) may engage in scheduled on-demand air taxi operations at a frequency of less than 4 round trips in any week, etc. While this appears applicable in the case of an operator of aircraft with 9 or less passenger seats, under the provisions of Part 135, it's applicability in the case of operators of 10 or more passenger seat aircraft operating under Part 121, whose operations specifications require that any scheduled passenger operation be performed under Flag or Domestic operating rules, for which they must concurrently hold appropriate economic authority issued by the Department, appears nebulous at best.
By: E. Paul Bailey
May 10, 2005
This action amends the regulations governing air taxi operators and commuter air carriers to eliminate the requirement that commuter air carriers file initial and amended registration forms. The information provided on such forms is duplicative of information that commuter air carriers are separately required to file under other regulations. Accordingly, this amendment simplifies the process of applying for and maintaining commuter air carrier authority. This action also makes conforming amendments to other rules affected by the amendment, as well as to make other minor administrative, editorial, clarifying, and organizational changes to rules applicable to air taxi operators and commuter air carriers.
By: Karan Bhatia