Court Grounds Uber-Like Flight-Sharing Service

By Paul Riegler on 21 December 2015
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IMGP4628Private pilots can’t offer a service that connects them with flyers in order to share costs in a manner similar to Uber and Lyft, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

The judges declined Flytenow’s request to review a Federal Aviation Administration ruling that said that only pilots with a commercial license could use the service.

The Flytenow service offers pilots an opportunity to “share empty seats on your flights.” The service is geared towards aviation enthusiasts and the company’s website encourages pilots to “inspire the next generation of pilots.”

The FAA had ruled that the Flytenow service was like advertising and that private pilots using Flytenow would be subject to the same safety regulations as pilots for commercial airlines. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit concurred, rejecting Flytenowe’s arguments that it was not acting like a “common carrier.”

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