WASHINGTON, D.C. — Steve Lewis, co-founder and CEO of AirPooler, says the FAA’s announced interpretation of flight-sharing-costs is causing confusion among pilots and urges the agency to clarify what it means.
The FAA’s position, he said, is based on a 1963 ruling that was reversed the following year. Lewis said the FAA is now calling cost sharing “compensation”and should cite examples on which its ruling is based.
“Our primary goal,” he said, “is to get the FAA to clarify it position and state exactly what it means.”
AirPooler is an online site that provides a way for pilots and non-pilots to easily find one another to share expenses on flights the pilots would be doing anyway.
The letter to AirPooler from FAA did not tell the company to stop its work or to close, according to Lewis.
He noted that his company is getting “hundreds of calls and letters” from members asking for a clarification of the FAA’s position.
The entire general aviation industry has a huge stake in the cost sharing issue and the FAA’s confusion is stifling it, Lewis said.
He said both he and the co-founder of AirPooler have extensive experience in travel issues, having run several companies.