Bill May Encourage More Small-Airport Service

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A bill that would allow on-demand air-charter operators to conduct limited scheduled service has been introduced in the House by U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.). The legislation (H.R. 488) would permit on-demand Part 135 operators to conduct public charter flights, provided the service consists of fewer than five round trips per week. The purpose of the legislation is to provide supplemental air service to small communities that lack sufficient scheduled air service. "NATA is supportive of Congressman Pearce's efforts," James Coyne, president of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), said Thursday in a news release. "This bill provides an innovative and thoughtful approach to new forms of air transportation." The bill would apply to turbine-powered aircraft with nine or fewer passenger seats. H.R. 488 has been referred to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, where it awaits consideration. To access the text of the bill, click here, and enter H.R. 488 in the search window.