Compensation: The FAA knows it when they see it

December 2, 2013


Kathy Yodice

Kathy Yodice

  • Attorney, Counsel to AOPA 
  • Former FAA attorney 
  • Has assisted AOPA members for more than 13 years 
  • Pilot since 1994, owns a Cherokee 180 

Pilots know that there is a difference between a private pilot flight operation and a commercial pilot flight operation.  And, for the most part, the difference between the two operations depends on whether there has been any compensation exchanged for the flight.  If money passes from the passengers or the person responsible for the cargo on board, that would be considered compensation. But, could compensation mean more than money?  You bet. 

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