FutureB6Capt From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 108 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2503 times:
Alright, theoretically speaking, what would you need in order to start a FAA part 121 scheduled carrier. What are the steps and certifications and such? Can the FAA deny one if that someone doesn't seemed experience or well suitable for the job, but has the cash?
September11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2442 times:
I think you would need a trustee who would do the paperwork requirements for FAA & DOT certification procedures. Aircraft maintenance & flight crew would be the MOST difficult part to start up an airline, IMO. Legal (airtrustworthy and financial issues) is next, again in IMO. Just my .02 cents.
Alias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2794 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2370 times:
To start an airline in the US you need two things. First you need to obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. This is issued by the DOT. Second you need to meet the technical requirements in Part 121. This is known as OP SPECS and is issued by the FAA.
Many things are considered in the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. You must show that the airline is fit, willing, and able to provide the service. On the financial side, you must show that you can operate for the first 90 days without any revenue. You must also show enough capital for five years of operations. You must show that your management team is qualified and capable, and that your aircraft choice and routes are compatible with your plans. Finally, you must show that the airline's owners meet the citizenship requirements.
For OP SPECS you need to put together a comprehensive Operating Manual, Training Manual, and Maintenance Manual. After these are approved by the FAA, the qualifications of the airline's senior technical staff will be examined. The FAA will check aircraft histories and look at individual maintenance programs. If you outsource maintenance, the maintenance provider must be FAA certified for the types of aircraft you operate. Finally, you crews must be current, or training to be current in the aircraft types you plan to operate.
I hope this helps answer some of your questions.
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FutureB6Capt From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2245 times:
Cool, one question though. So how did Neeleman get the money he needed to start Morris Air...he's a college dropout with little indsutry experience...has ADD. Where did he get that money!? Is it because he was President and the CEO raised it. I don't know, any thoughts? I mean, Neeleman wasn't a fimiliar face and/or have lots of cash!