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C o m e l y w i t h M e By PAUL GReeR

(But, Let Me Check the Rules before ou Pay Me)

ou made it! You nally earned your private pilot certicate and now you’re ready to really start ying. As Susan Parson discusses in Practice Makes Procient (page 7), you recognize the need to practice to keep your skills sharp, but you also know that this ying stu can get pretty expensive. Like most new pilots, you begin to wonder if there’s any way to get some help whittling down the cost of staying sharp—and grabbing that $100 hamburger. Perhaps there is, but you need to be careful. Y

From your training, you remember that a private, sport, or recreational pilot generally can’t act as pilot in command of an aircraft carrying passengers or property for compensation or hire. Nor can he or she generally receive compensation

for just piloting an aircraft. However, you also seem to remember your ight instructor saying that there are some exceptions to that general rule, but that you should be very cautious if you ever accept anything from anyone for piloting an aircraft.

Wondering what those exceptions are, you take out your well-worn copy of the regulations and quickly notice in part 61 that a sport, recreational, or private pilot may receive some compensation from passengers for a ight. But the pilot must cover at least his or her pro rata share of the operating expenses of a ight with passengers—and those operating expenses can only involve fuel, oil, airport expenditures, or rental fees.

Even if you get a tailwind on both legs of a ight and give your friends the “experience of lifetime,” you still have to pay for your share of the ight

FAA Safety Briefing

September/October 2010

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