FAA bill allows fuel reimbursement for volunteer pilots

Buried in the long-term authorization for the FAA is a provision that will make pilots who fly charitable medical flights happy. The provision allows a pilot to accept reimbursement from a volunteer pilot organization for the fuel costs associated with a flight to provide transportation for an individual or organ for medical purposes.

The bill also allows the FAA to regulate minimum safety standards for pilots receiving reimbursement, officials with the Air Care Alliance note, adding “this bill raises many unanswered questions and concerns, as well as opportunities for volunteer pilot organizations that arrange flights for medical patients.”

These issues, and others, will be explored at the upcoming Air Care 2012 in New Orleans on April 14. For more information on the conference information, click here.




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