Is it legal? Is it moral? Is it good for Aviation?
I have been watching this thread for some time, and as a licenced operator, I must say that having someone come into one's operating arena and ignore the laws, does burn one's arse somewhat. But, looking at the law, if a client comes to me as an operator and says, "take me to X" on Thursday, and then next week calls for the same charter, at what point am I operating a schedule? assuming I sell the entire aircraft to the client, it is actually a regular charter. While, as I mentioned before, although this does warm one's butt some, I am inclined to say to the "broker", good for you, build a route, build a sustainable business, employ more people, then if it works, go the whole hog and get all the licences for yourself. As opposed to spending huge money to set up a licence, aircraft staff and route, and then have it fail due to the capital required and slow growth. As long as the service is run to what the CAA sees as a safe standard for non sched operators, give them a break! Imagine if there were 30 flights a day going to out of the way towns, better for everybody, - including the pax!