PLANEsharing really should be called FLIGHTsharing, just like RIDEsharing is different than CARsharing.
The argument against #planesharing isn’t easy to dismiss. Balancing private privileges with public safety is going to be an ongoing debate, but for now, the question is settled under current regulation.
The story broke this week, detailing the FAA’s legal interpretation on the concept of planesharing as pitched by AirPooler, Flytenow, and many others…
There will be no “ZimRide for airplanes”, according to an FAA ruling released today that prohibits private pilots from publicly offering seats on their planes in exchange for gas money…
None of this adversely affects OpenAirplane, our operators, or our pilots. We designed OpenAirplane to color within the lines from the beginning. Our business model never assumed that the FAA would ignore decades of precedent, data, and the law.
If you want to dig deeper into the topic, check out this post, "Sometimes Regulations Are Written In Blood" which I posted over on the AOPA Opinion Leaders blog, and over on Medium.
I’m feeling no schadenfreude here. Props to Steve at AirPooler for pressing the issue and getting a clear ruling rather than trying to operate a grey market.
Only a significant deregulation of private aviation can make planesharing viable.
We’re proud to be working with so many great operators around the country, and we’re stoked that you’re so proud of working with us.
We’ve created these badges for you web sites, email news letters etc. You can use to link directly to your operator profile on OpenAirplane.
Here’s the black one one most folks will want to use:
Some web sites with darker backgrounds may look better with something that can provide more contrast. Here’s what may look good on those pages:
Tips on using the badge
Link the badge directly to your profile page on OpenAirplane. Don’t just link to our homepage. The URL should be something like this:
Our badge should not be the dominant graphic on a page. It should be placed below or after your company name or identity. The badge should be smaller than your main message, company identity, or graphics.
Minimum clear space
Minimum clear space should equal to one-quarter the height of the badge. Do not place photos, typography, or other graphic elements inside the minimum clear space. Minimum size is 40 pixels around the badge for use onscreen.
Mistakes to avoid
- Use only the OpenAirplane badge provided by us.
- Do not modify, angle, animate, rotate, or tilt the OpenAirplane badge.
- Do not use the OpenAirplane logo alone.
Please let us know if you need more. We’re happy to work with you to ensure your marketing looks great, and we help more pilots fly with you. Drop us a line at crew@OpenAirplane.com if there’s something else we can do to help you get flying.
We’re really excited to announce a big update for us here at OpenAirplane…
We’ve listened to the feedback we’ve gathered over our first 6 months in operation, as well as looked at the data we’ve collected via our app to make improvements to our Universal Pilot Checkout. (.PDF)
We’ve made improvements to the UPC form, as well as added optional components to the checkout to enable flying in the mountains, and renting multi engine airplanes.
You’ll see the front of the form now includes check boxes which make it easier for Instructor Pilots to document what was accomplished on the ground and in the air.
Each component of the checkout is evaluated by the Instructor Pilot to the FAA PTS, and documented with:
S – Satisfactory
U – Unsatisfactory
V – Verbal
NP – Not Performed
Section 8 and 9 are optional, and only need to be completed if you would like to fly under instrument flight rules.
New Optional Components for Mountains and Multi’s
On the back of the form, you’ll find new optional components in sections 15 thru 21.
Mountain Flying – We’ve previously limited Pilots who have not completed a conforming mountain flying checkout to operating at airports charted below 5,500 MSL.
The components in sections 15 and 16 will be completed on the ground. Sections 17 thru 20 must all be completed in the airplane, at an airport which is at a density altitude of at least 5,500 feet MSL AND has significant terrain in the vicinity.
Like the Form 5, we’ll accept documentation of completion of the CAP “Mountain Fury” flight clinic in lieu of completing sections 15 thru 20.
Multi Engine – Section 21 is optional, and only needs to be completed by multi engine rated Pilots, who wish to rent multi engine aircraft.
Our handy online Pilot’s Guide has been updated to detail how the new form works. Of course our support portal is available to answer questions you may have regarding the new form, and the new process online, via email, or even on the phone.
We’ve been fortunate to work with some of the smartest folks in the industry to continually evolve the standardization / evaluation program that enables making renting easier, and safer. We are grateful to the continued support we get from our friends in the insurance, manufacturer, and flight training communities.
We love feedback. Please feel free to drop us a line, or give us a call anytime to let us know what else we can be doing to improve the experience of private aviation for everyone.