Flight cost shar­ing: the CAA spells out what’s le­gal, what’s not

Pilot - - PILOT NOTES -

The CAA has is­sued guid­ance on the cir­cum­stances in which the di­rect costs of a pri­vate flight may be shared.

The flight must be cost-shared by pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als. The di­rect costs of the flight must be shared be­tween all of the oc­cu­pants of the air­craft, in­clud­ing the pi­lot, up to a max­i­mum of six per­sons. The cost-shar­ing ar­range­ments ap­ply to any non-com­plex, pow­ered EASA air­craft in­clud­ing those reg­is­tered out­side of the EASA area but flown by an op­er­a­tor es­tab­lished or re­sid­ing in the EC. Cost shar­ing is also per­mit­ted in NON-EASA (An­nex II of the Ba­sic Reg­u­la­tion) air­craft reg­is­tered in the UK. ‘Di­rect costs means the costs di­rectly in­curred in re­la­tion to a flight (e.g. fuel, air­field charges, rental fee for an air­craft)’, ex­plains the CAA. ‘An­nual costs that can­not be in­cluded in the cost shar­ing are the costs of keep­ing, main­tain­ing, in­sur­ing and op­er­at­ing the air­craft over a pe­riod of one cal­en­dar year. There can be no el­e­ment of profit. In the case of a jointly owned air­craft, the hourly rate, nor­mally payable by a joint owner for the use of their air­craft, is con­sid­ered to be a “di­rect cost”.

‘Cost shared flights can be ad­ver­tised, in­clud­ing the use of on­line “flight shar­ing” plat­forms… [but] it is recommended that any ad­ver­tis­ing or pro­mo­tion of cost shar­ing flights makes it clear that they are pri­vate ar­range­ments and not con­ducted in ac­cor­dance with com­mer­cial air trans­port or, where ap­pro­pri­ate, pub­lic trans­port rules. Pas­sen­gers should be made aware that the pi­lot may amend or can­cel the flight for any rea­son, in­clud­ing at short no­tice. The pro­por­tion of the costs that must be shared by the pi­lot is not spec­i­fied in the reg­u­la­tions, how­ever the pi­lot must make a con­tri­bu­tion to the di­rect costs of the flight that he is con­duct­ing.’

For more in­for­ma­tion visit: caa.co.uk/ cap1590

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