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Getting Reimbursed for Flights Under FARs – It's Complicated
Subject in Focus at 2010 Light Business Airplane Conference
October 4, 2010
A private pilot or commercially rated pilot owns a light jet, and wants to fly himself or herself to a meeting to represent his/her company. What can the company give either type of pilot for this flight?
"The answer is it depends," says Kathleen Yodice, a private instrument-rated pilot and former Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) attorney now in private practice with Yodice Associates.
"The whole issue of flight reimbursement is something many pilots haven't thought much about," says Eli Mansour, a commercially rated pilot and head of the aviation practice at Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps. "The rules can be complicated," he adds.
Helping owner-operators and pilots thinking of using their aircraft for business navigate Federal Aviation Rules (FARs) on flight reimbursement is the aim of the seminar led by these two aviation law experts, "Getting Reimbursed for Flights: What Do the FARs Say?" at the Light Business Airplane Conference on Wednesday, October 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The session will cover applicable FARs and recent FAA interpretations, beginning with the basic principle that both the pilot and the operation have to be certificated appropriately for the flight mission in order to qualify for reimbursement.
Mansour and Yodice also plan to make liberal use of real-life examples to explain how FARs apply to such common situations as:
- Flying alone, versus flying with colleagues for a business purpose
- Flying your aircraft for a charitable or emergency mission
- Flying an elected official or candidate
- How FAR reimbursement applies for a corporate pilot or a contract pilot
In addition, the seminar presenters plan to allow plenty of time for discussion and questions.
The session will be part of the LBA Conference at the NBAA 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta, GA, on October 19 to 21, at the Georgia World Congress Center. Their second presentation will occur at the joint LBA Conference in conjunction with the AOPA Aviation Summit, November 11 to 13, in Long Beach, CA.