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What is aircraft timesharing?



An aircraft time share is one of the few cases where the FAA will allow an aircraft operator to charge for providing air transportation, even though the operator is not a certificated air carrier. Normally, a time shared aircraft must be either over 12,500 pounds gross takeoff weight, a multi-engine jet, or a fractional plane. However, smaller planes can also qualify by filing for the NBAA small aircraft exemption. The operator of a time shared aircraft must be a company and can charge no more than reimbursement of a certain operating expenses specified by the FAA, plus an extra surcharge equal to effectively the cost of the flight’s fuel. The operator also cannot market itself as a time sharer, or view time sharing as its business. As for example may be true of a flight department company.

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