Congressman Steve Pearce (R-NM) has
introduced legislation to improve air transportation to small
communities by allowing on-demand air charter operators to conduct
limited scheduled service between two destinations. H.R. 488,
"Serving Economies through Aviation and Technology in the 21st
Century Act (SEAT 21)," 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 who often lack sufficient scheduled air service.
"NATA is supportive of Congressman Pearce’s efforts to
involve the on-demand air charter industry in providing increased
access to the air transportation system for small communities,"
NATA president James K. Coyne said today. "H.R. 488 will
enhance service to communities in a more efficient and
cost-effective manner by utilizing the flexibility on-demand
charter operations can provide.
"This bill provides an innovative and thoughtful approach to new
forms of air transportation," Coyne concluded. "I am pleased
Congressman Pearce recognizes the important role air charter plays
in the nation’s transportation system, and I commend him for
his leadership in exploring new ideas to help small
H.R. 488 has been referred to the US House of Representatives
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, where it awaits