Florida Commuter Airlines
|Founded||June 13, 1980|
|Hubs||Palm Beach International Airport|
|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.
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.
Accidents and incidents
- On 22 November 1966, de Havilland DH.125 N235KC of Florida Commuter Airlines crashed into the sea 7.3 kilometres (3.9 nmi) off Grand Bahama International Airport, Freeport, Bahamas during an illegal flight from Miami, Florida.
- On 12 September 1980, Douglas DC-3A N75KW of Florida Commuter Airlines, operating a scheduled international passenger flight from West Palm Beach International Airport, Palm Beach, Florida, United States to Grand Bahama International Airport crashed into the sea 6.5 kilometres (3.5 nmi) off West End. All 34 on board were killed. The aircraft was on an international non-scheduled passenger flight from Palm Beach International Airport, United States to Grand Bahama International Airport. Although the cause of the accident was never determined, it is known that the aircraft flew into a thunderstorm and that there were pre-existing deficiencies with the pitot tube and static system on the aircraft. Florida Commuter Airlines were criticized for their poor maintenance regime.
- NTSB Accident Report
- Florida Commuter Airlines Timetable and route map images
- Airline History by David Lyall
- Accident Database
- "N235KC Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
- "N75KW Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 24 July 2010.
- "Aircraft Accident Report" (PDF). Air Disaster (originally published by National Transportation Safety Board). Retrieved 24 July 2010.