July 10, 2003
Pilots and aircraft owners have been contacting AOPA's Pilot Information Center ever since the FAA issued its new fractional ownership rule ( FAR Part 91, Subpart K) with questions about how much they'll be affected. The good news is not very much.
"AOPA spent a great deal of time and effort to make sure that flying clubs, traditional management companies, and other forms of joint ownership would not fall under Subpart K," said AOPA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Melissa Bailey. "We've prepared a regulatory brief that explains the ins and outs of the new regulation, but the bottom line is that unless the contract includes part-ownership in an aircraft and an assigned aircrew, it is not considered a fractional ownership arrangement under Subpart K."
Working in conjunction with other aviation groups, AOPA recommended that the proposed rule be changed to clearly state that the requirement to provide a professional flight crew defines a fractional ownership. In the preamble to the final rule, the FAA did just that, saying that it amended the rule to "clearly define the elements of a fractional ownership program to include the provision, furnishing, or contracting of crews and the training and qualification of crews and other personnel."
The new rule goes into effect on November 17, 2003.
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
Mexico has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a third party provider to file advance passenger information system (APIS) manifests.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
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