Air Transport World

The challenge is greater the second time around. (Charles Colgan returning to commuter business) (Column)

Many may call Charles (Chuck) Colgan just a little bit nuts for diving back into the commuter-airline net after four years of relaxation following the sale of his Colgan Airways to now extinct Presidential Airways. When he sold the airline at the youthful age of 60, they reasoned, he "had a golden opportunity to retire and live in luxury."

But Chuck Colgan, after 20 years of commuter-level operations-of which 18 were profitable-missed the flying game. He wanted back into the action. Now he is in the hot seat of a new carrier-National Capital Airways-which is launching service on Dec. 1, flying two round trips daily between Washington Dulles Airport and Hot Springs, Va. It is the first of several Essential Air Service routes for which he awaits Department of Transportation awards. …

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