Private pilots have been legally sharing the expenses of flights for decades. So when ride-sharing website Flytenow co-founders Alan Guichard and Matt Voska set up shop to make it easier for pilots and passengers to connect for aviation adventures, they sought an interpretation of the expense-sharing rules and exceptions from the FAA to make sure all was OK.
What they received was a “huge shock,” said Guichard.
They feel the ruling focused solely on money, without taking into account the “common purpose” of a pilot and passenger getting together to fly somewhere.
Flytenow will petition the Washington D.C. district court to review the ruling. Paperwork was to be filed sometime this week.
Until then, Guichard and Voska changed the business model of the site to allow pilots and passenger to still find one another but no money is allowed to change hands.
So much for bringing the airport FBO bulletin board into the 21st century. Stay tuned.