UK SANCTION RECORD RAISES SIGNIFICANT QUESTIONS AS TO WHY THERE IS SUCH A DIFFERENCE IN AVIATION SAFETY ENFORCEMENT SYSTEMS?

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ARTICLE: UK Data Reveals Few Illegal Charter Prosecutions

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Given the recent publicity given to the US Department of Transportation’s enforcement activities with regard to illegal Part 135 charters, this headline is interesting and causes pause—why so few cases compared to the US experience?

There are a number of hypotheses-

  • The American market is so much larger?
  • The English entrepreneurs are more likely to be compliant?
  • The US enforcement effort is more aggressive?
  • The UK sanctions (how many ₤s or €s) are a better deterrent?
  • Some combination of the above?
  • Some other factor?

The US regulatory system depends on voluntary compliance backed with the threat of civil penalties. The sanctions were increased by Congress a few years ago and the enforcement cases seem to have increased.

YOUR KNOWLEDGE, THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE WELCOMED. This is an important public policy question and if the US regulatory sanction regime can learn something from the UK, that would be an advancement of the FAA’s policies and efforts designed to encourage compliance.

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