Flight sharing

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Flight sharing is the sharing of the costs of non-commercial general aviation aircraft flights between a licensed pilot and their passengers.


With the rise of the Internet, numerous websites have appeared to coordinate the meeting of private pilots with willing passengers for particular flights.[1]

Legal issues[edit]

United States[edit]

Flight sharing is legal in the United States, under the terms of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) prescribed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). However, the FARs include a few caveats. Per regulation 61.113(c),[2] a private pilot is prevented from making a profit off such a flight:

(c) A private pilot may not pay less than the pro rata share of the operating expenses of a flight with passengers, provided the expenses involve only fuel, oil, airport expenditures, or rental fees.

The rules also state that the pilot and passengers must share a "common purpose" in the flight.[3]

In Summer 2014, the FAA shut down two flight-sharing platforms, Flytenow and AirPooler.[4] Flytenow appealed to a federal court.[5][6] On December 18, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia "denied [Flytenow's] request to overturn the Federal Aviation Administration’s ban on Flytenow and other online flight-sharing websites."[7] The court ruled that these flight-sharing services were "common carriers," in part, due to the fact that these services were offered to the general public.[8]

European Union[edit]

In the European Union, flight sharing is authorized for light aircraft by the article 6 § 4 bis a) of the law n° 965/2012 enacted on October, 5th 2012.[9] Several flight sharing startups were created in Europe, and especially in France, including Wingly.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Constine, Josh (2014-04-02). "AirPooler Is Lyft For Private Planes". techcrunch.com. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  2. ^ "§61.113(c) Private pilot privileges and limitations: Pilot in command". AeroManual.com. United States: AeroManual.com. 2014-07-15. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  3. ^ Yodice, Kathy (March 2007). "AOPA Legal Briefing: Sharing the cost of flying". AOPA. Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  4. ^ "AirPooler and Flytenow Are No Longer Operating". Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  5. ^ Uber, but for planes, Politico, 08/23/15
  6. ^ "Flytenow To Argue Ride-Share Case In Court - AVweb flash Article". www.avweb.com.
  7. ^ "Flytenow Blog: The Beginning of the End". Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Flytenow Inc. v. Federal Aviation Administration Administrator" (pdf). Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  9. ^ Coavionnage, le site du droit aérien
  10. ^ Wingly, la start-up de co-avionnage, 2015, Le Point