Ferry flying

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Ferry flying refers to delivery flights for the purpose of returning an aircraft to base, delivering a new aircraft from its place of manufacture to its customer, moving an aircraft from one base of operations to another or moving an aircraft to or from a maintenance facility for repairs, overhaul or other work.[1]

An aircraft may need to be moved without passengers from one airport to another at the end of that day's operations in order to satisfy the next day's timetable – these are known as positioning flights, although strictly speaking these are still a type of ferry flight.[citation needed] Positioning flights may also be necessary following a major weather event or other similar disruption which causes multiple cancellations across an airline's network resulting in many aircraft and crew being 'out of position' for normal operations; the 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull or the mass evacuation of US airspace following the 9/11 attacks being significant examples of this. Some airlines permit fare-paying passengers to travel on positioning flights.

Ferry permit[edit]

A ferry permit is a written authorization issued by a National Airworthiness Authority to move a non-airworthy civil aircraft from its present location to a maintenance facility to be inspected, repaired and returned to an airworthy state.[1]

Ferry pilots[edit]

One famous ferry pilot was Louise Sacchi, who flew single- and multi-engine planes 340 times across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, breaking several records in the process.[2]

Other ferry pilots

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Crane, Dale: Dictionary of Aeronautical Terms, third edition, page 210. Aviation Supplies & Academics, 1997. ISBN 1-56027-287-2
  2. ^ "Highlights of Louise Sacchi's Aviation History". The Ninety Nines.