Tailwinds for Tradewind

Tradewind Aviation has seen strong success in operating nineseat Pilatus PC-12s on scheduled services and charter flights in the Northeastern United States and in the Caribbean and is continuing to grow apace, Chris Kjelgaard discovers


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Tradewind Aviation is one of the more unusual airline operations to be found in the United States. Certified as an air operator by the FAA to Part 135 of the US Federal Aviation Regulations, Tradewind basically has to conform to all the operational and maintenance safety standards required of operators of large commercial aircraft which are certified to Part 121 requirements. But its Part 135 certification means the Connecticut-headquartered carrier can’t fly more than nine passengers on any of its many scheduled services or its frequent whole-aircraft charter flights.

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