NBAA's Small Aircraft Exemption

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NBAA's Small Aircraft Exemption allows operators of piston airplanes, small airplanes, and all helicopters to utilize the limited options for cost reimbursement permitted under Part 91, Subpart F of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs). This exemption has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and is only available to NBAA Members.

Common situations where cost sharing may be helpful include the transportation of a guest on the company aircraft or use of the aircraft by employees of a subsidiary company. In addition, the use of time sharing, interchange, and joint ownership agreements are permitted under Part 91, Subpart F.

Without the NBAA Small Aircraft Exemption, the cost sharing options available under Part 91, Subpart F are only available to aircraft that fall into one of the following groups:

  • The aircraft has a minimum takeoff weight of over 12,500 pounds, or;
  • The aircraft is a multi-engine turbojet aircraft (regardless of size), or;
  • The aircraft is a fractional program aircraft (regardless of size)

The NBAA web site provides Members with further information on the conditions and limitations of the Exemption and a copy of the FAA letter granting the Exemption to NBAA, which must be carried on board the aircraft.

NBAA offers a comprehensive suite of benefits, services and products that give Member Companies of all types and sizes the tools they need to make the best use of their business aircraft. Learn more about NBAA Membership.

Latest News

NBAA’s Small Aircraft Exemption Extended With New Benefits for Eligible NBAA Members
March 31, 2017
The FAA has approved a 24-month extension to NBAA's Small Aircraft Exemption and removed onerous limitations of the exemption’s applicability to operations outside the U.S. Effective through March 31, 2019, the exemption allows NBAA members who operate small aircraft to take advantage of maintenance and cost-sharing options usually available only to operators of larger, turbine-powered aircraft. Learn more about Exemption 7897I (member password required).