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How can an operator get compensated for providing flights?



The FAA severely limits the circumstances where a non-commercial operator can be compensated for providing flights. Cases where it may be allowed include 1) for qualifying aircraft, time-sharing or charged demonstration flights are allowed, 2) when a pilot can split aircraft operating costs, such as fuel, with their passengers, 3) if an elected official receives a flight and is required to pay for it under campaign laws, and 4) if a lessee really just receives the plane as a piece of equipment and provides the pilots themselves. Unauthorized compensation is one of the FAA’s chief concerns with general aviation, so be sure to investigate further before engaging in any flights of this nature.

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