ACANA Member Paramount Business Jets Attends Air Charter NPRM Discussion at NBAA Vegas

by Richard Zaher / Nov 13, 2013


First and foremost I would like to thank ACANA’s Brent Moldowan, David McCown and Karen Di Piazza for putting together a much needed and informative panel discussion at the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas Convention Center on October 22nd, 2013. The panel discussion was led by Dayton Lehman Jr., former DOT principal deputy assistant general counsel of the Aviation Enforcement Office, now-president of Capitol Business Solutions’ Aviation Group; aviation attorney Kent Jackson, founder and president of Jackson & Wade LLC; ACANA Chairman David McCown, senior vice president of Air Partner Inc.; and Brent Moldowan, ACANA president, Jeppesen business aviation sales manager. The room was packed (standing room only) with ACANA members, non-ACANA members, several aviation law firms, and media. The discussion topic focused entirely on elements of the DOT NPRM, with strong audience participation resulting in a highly engaging conversation that lasted through the allotted 1h45 min. schedule.

In David McCown’s words:

The DOT’s Aviation Enforcement Office, which has responsibility for enforcing rules resulting from the proposal, drafted the NPRM. Prior to Dayton Lehman’s retirement from the agency, he played a major role in the making of the NPRM. Since leaving the agency, he’s been working with ACANA on best industry practices. Urging the industry to participate fully in the rulemaking process, Mr. Lehman, said, “The NPRM affords the industry a unique opportunity to provide the government with the information the industry deems necessary to permit expanded, licensed operations while ensuring a proper balance between the marketplace and protecting consumers.” Kent Jackson warns that the DOT’s NPRM offers a mixed bag of opportunities and hazards for charter brokers and operators. “The industry needs to respond to the DOT with concrete comments on the proposed rule. Without comments, the proposed disclosures could overwhelm the potential opportunities that the rule could provide,” he said. David McCown said this is a can’t-miss conference, as the NPRM leaves the door open for additional regulations. “We know that thousands of charter brokers, operators and industry stakeholders have varying opinions and concerns about the NPRM. ACANA’s panel discussion will afford everyone the opportunity to express, hear and discuss concerns on the new regulations,” he said.

At Paramount Business Jets, and as an air charter broker, we fully support the intentions of the NPRM and in addition believe that it would be a good idea to require air charter brokers to register with the DOT, due to the lack of sufficient enforcement mechanisms based on the proposed “self identify” requirement of air charter brokers.

About Richard Zaher

Richard Zaher Richard Zaher is the founder and CEO of Paramount Business Jets. He is a pilot and the President of Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA). Richard is a graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Studies. A seasoned international jet charter expert, entrepreneur, humanitarian, and the recipient of the Embry Riddle Eagle Excellence Award at the 2012 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention. He is also an active member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) as well as several safety and air charter organizations.

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