Industry News

November 1998 Issue

Single-Engine 135

The rules may have changed but the reality hasn’t. Approving a single-engine piston for IFR charts ops is all but impossible.

Pilot’s lounge rumor has it that the FAA has approved single-engine IFR for Part 135 passenger-carrying “on demand” operations. On demand means passengers wave money at pilots and “demand” to be taken somewhere.

Pilots, an easy lot when it comes to money, might be tempted to grab the money and fly. We’ve heard from several readers who are thinking about sinking big bucks into a Saratoga or a nice used A36 Bonanaza, figuring to offset the expenses by putting the airplane on a charter flightline.

We wish ‘em luck. Potential single engine charter operators are finding out there’s more to putting that Cherokee Six into charter service than simply buying an ad in the Yellow Pages. FAA...

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