Florida Commuter Airlines

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Florida Commuter Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded June 13, 1980
Ceased operations 1981
Hubs Palm Beach International Airport
Fleet size 3
Destinations Gainesville, FL, Tallahassee, FL, Jacksonville, FL, Freeport, Bahamas
Parent company Scheerer Air, Inc.
Headquarters West Palm Beach, FL
Key people Rudolph P. Scheerer, M.D.

Florida Commuter Airlines was a small U.S. regional airline based out of Palm Beach International Airport that evolved directly from Roberson Air, Inc. which did business as Red Baron Airlines. This happened when Dr. Rudolph P. Scheerer bought out Dr. Clive E. Roberson for a 100% stake in the airline on June 13, 1980. The management structure remained the same except for Dr. Clive E. Roberson. On July 24, 1980, Florida Commuter Airlines received its carrier operating certificate as a commuter and charter operator. It was certified to fly 2 DC-3's and a Piper PA-31 Navajo. On September 9, 1980, and interline agreement was signed with Air Florida. An interline and a bilateral agreement was also signed with Eastern Airlines.[1]


The airline offered weekday flights starting in the morning from West Palm Beach, FL and stopping in Gainesville, FL before continuing to Tallahassee, FL and then Jacksonville, FL. In the afternoon the route was the reverse. Finally in the late afternoon the flight path was West Palm Beach, Gainesville, Tallahassee, and the reverse for the evening. On Saturday and Sunday Jacksonville was not a destination.[2]

The airline later became Southern Airlines[3] in 1981 shortly after the Florida Commuter Airlines crash of a Douglas DC-3 in the Bahamas on September 12, 1980.[4]

Accidents and incidents[edit]


  1. ^ NTSB Accident Report
  2. ^ Florida Commuter Airlines Timetable and route map images
  3. ^ Airline History by David Lyall
  4. ^ Accident Database
  5. ^ "N235KC Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "N75KW Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Aircraft Accident Report" (PDF). Air Disaster (originally published by National Transportation Safety Board). Retrieved 24 July 2010.