As is outlined on the Wingly website, cost shared flights operated by private individuals fall under the European Regulation (EU) No 379/2014 of 7th April 2014, amending Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012. Flights can be legally cost-shared by private individuals on non-complex aeroplanes and helicopters, by the rules of Part NCO, on the condition that the direct costs are shared by all occupants of the aircraft, pilot included, and that the number of people sharing the direct cost is limited to 6.
N.B. Where references to EU law are made, they now relate to those laws as retained (and amended in UK domestic law) under the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018.
How do we ensure that the pilot is not making a profit?
All Wingly flights are subject to a stringent cost-shared policy which ensures the pilot will always contribute a pro-rata of the direct costs when operating Wingly flights. This means that for all flights operated, the pilot will always be out of pocket regardless of how much the passengers contribute.
To post a flight on the platform, a pilot will first need to upload their pilot licences and medicals to be verified. Then, the pilot needs to add the aircraft that they wish to use and the direct hourly costs (fuel and rental) that they normally pay when operating it themselves. Wingly cross-checks this data with the other entries of the same registered aircraft or other exact models in our database of aircraft used to ensure that costs are not being overstated. Should we find a discrepancy, we contact the pilots directly and ask them to provide a justification such as an invoice to prove their operating costs, which our pilots are happy to do.
N.B. If there any discrepancies with aircraft prices, they will be flagged and will look like this:
Only once the aircraft has been approved, can a pilot then use it to post a flight on the website. The total cost of the flight is then automatically calculated from the inputted flight time, and other direct costs, which is then split up between the pilot and their passengers. Again, here we can ask for justifications of their costing including their previous flight plan for the total time as well and if there are any discrepancies regarding landing fees.
Once all these internal checks are made by our backend, the flight will be posted on our public platform on a pro-rata sharing basis. However, the prices displayed on our public website payable by the passengers include a Wingly commission. Hence, these prices should not be used when calculating what share a pilot would receive from Wingly.
Our platform is specifically designed so that a pilot would not be able to earn money doing it but only share costs regardless of destination advertised due to them having to also pay their share. In the case of an illegal charter, the pilot is making money and thus it falls under the legal frame of commercial flights making it illegal. Wingly flights are within the regulations of private flights.
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