What costs can I share as a pilot?
Flight sharing is fully legal in the European Union according to the European Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 and it has been confirmed by the EASA itself in a letter to Wingly. Private pilots are allowed to share their flights and costs with passengers in non-complex aircraft carrying no more than 6 persons including the pilot, and are allowed to advertise these flights. It is illegal for pilots to make any profit, however it is possible for them to share the direct costs of the flight.
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.
Regulations strictly allow the direct costs of a flight to be shared.
These are the details of the two possible cases:
1. You rent an aircraft from an air-club, a private group, or even directly from an owner.
Therefore, you are able to share:
- The rental cost of the aircraft
- The relevant landing fees for the flight in question
- The relevant parking fees for the flight in question
- The potential handling costs for the flight in question
- The potential safety equipment that you will have and use onboard
2. You are the owner or co-owner of the aircraft
Therefore, you are able to share:
-The fuel costs for the flight in question
-The relevant landing fees for the flight in question
-The relevant parking fees for the flight in question
-The potential handling costs for the flight in question
-The potential safety equipment that you will have and use onboard
Please note, it is strictly illegal for an owner to include insurance or maintenance in the costs shared with passengers. Indeed, these costs are not considered as direct costs of the flight within the meaning of European regulations. Adding these fees to Wingly is a violation of our terms and conditions and may result in penalties.
If you have any questions, you can contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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