regardless of how much your passengers insist that you don’t open your wallet. Also, be wary if your passengers try to buy you a fancy dinner or hand you the key to the beach house for the weekend, if the value exceeds their pro rata share of the costs for the ight. You also can’t receive reimbursement for the shared expenses from someone other than your passengers, such as an employer.
Common Purpose Is Key Underlying the concept of sharing expenses is the notion that you and your passengers are taking the ight for a “common purpose.” You and your passengers must be taking the ight for a common purpose; otherwise, you can’t even share the expenses of the ight with them. Whether a bona de common purpose exists, however, depends on the specic facts of the situation. is doesn’t mean that you can’t ask people to y with you and share some of the costs, but the sole purpose of your ight can’t be just to transport your passengers from one point to another.
Asking your ying buddies if they want to split the costs of ying to Oshkosh with you and ying with friends to that resort on the coast you’re all going to share and sharing the ying costs—those would be okay. However, sharing expenses with a passenger on a ight to a place you would not otherwise be ying to would be a problem.
What about business trips? Looking at section 61.113, you notice that the private pilot certicate allows you to receive compensation for some other activities. You can receive compensation for acting as pilot in command in connection with a business or employment. But, this, too, is a very limited exception. Wading through the details of the regulation, you determine
that the ight must be
Be careful about offering your piloting
incidental to that business skills to the public.
or employment; that is, you can’t be in the business of ying and you can’t carry passengers or property for compensation or hire. So, you can get paid by your employer when you y yourself on Old Bessie for that occasional business trip, but you can’t be paid for taking your co-workers.
It’s for charity! As you delve deeper into section 61.113 and the complexities of ying for compensation or hire as a private pilot, you nd out that you can also receive compensation for ying in certain charitable, nonprot, or community events, and you can be reimbursed. However, both you and the event sponsor must comply with the detailed requirements of section 91.146, which could easily be the subject of another article.
You can also be reimbursed for some expenses when ying in certain sanctioned search-and- location operations. ere are provisions for aircraft salesmen and persons who tow gliders or ultralight
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