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Profile: Congressional Air Charters

Congressional Air Charters was a participant or observer in the following events:

9/11 hijacker Hani Hanjour successfully conducts “a challenging certification flight supervised by an instructor at Congressional Air Charters of Gaithersburg, Maryland, landing at a small airport with a difficult approach,” according to the 9/11 Commission Report. The instructor, Eddie Shalev, thinks that “Hanjour may have had training from a military pilot because he used a terrain recognition system for navigation.” However, it is unclear what certification the 9/11 Commission thinks Hanjour receives. (9/11 Commission 7/24/2004, pp. 248, 531) Shalev is an Israeli national and has a military background. He began working at Congressional Air Charters in April 2001. (9/11 Commission 4/9/2004) A stipulation used as evidence at the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui will mention the flight, but fail to mention any certification Hanjour allegedly receives based on it, merely saying it is a “check ride with a flight instructor.” Hanjour will subsequently rent aircraft from the company on August 26 and 28. (US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division 7/31/2006, pp. 68 pdf file)


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