Part 91 Revenue Passenger-Carrying Operations

​WASHINGTON (Feb. 3, 2021) — The National Transportation Safety Board held a public board meeting on March 23, 2021, 9:30 a.m. Eastern time, to consider a draft report on recommendations for the implementation of stricter regulatory requirements for some types of revenue passenger-carrying general aviation operations.

The NTSB has a long history of concerns about the safety of various revenue passenger-carrying operations, including sightseeing flights conducted in hot air balloons, helicopters, and other aircraft and parachute jump flights. These operations are not subject to the same maintenance, airworthiness, and operational requirements as other commercial flight operations.

The five-member board considered the need for broader oversight and additional safety requirements for certain types of revenue passenger-carrying general aviation operations.

In keeping with established federal and local social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, while also ensuring the NTSB’s compliance with the Government in the Sunshine Act, the board meeting for this event will be webcast to the public, with the board members and investigative staff meeting virtually. There will be no physical gathering to facilitate the board meeting.

WHO: NTSB investigative staff and board members.

WHAT: A webcast of a virtual board meeting.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 9:30 a.m. Eastern time.

HOW: The board meeting will be webcast only, there will not be a public gathering of NTSB investigative staff or board members. A link to the webcast will be available shortly before the start of the meeting at

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt is scheduled to hold a virtual media availability at 2 p.m. Eastern time, to answer questions about the meeting and the safety recommendations issued by the board.

The virtual media availability with Chairman Sumwalt will be conducted using Microsoft Teams. Journalists who RSVP to [email protected] will receive an email with the link and information about how the availability will be conducted. A recording of the availability will be made available on the NTSB’s YouTube channel as soon as practicable.



Opening Statement - Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt

Investigator-in-Charge presentation

Regulatory Framework, Loopholes, and Omissions

FAA Oversight of Part 191 Revenue Passenger-Carrying Operations

Safety Management Systems and Oversight

Closing Statement - Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt