June 12, 2013
By Kathy Yodice
As students embark on the journey of learning how to fly, they quickly learn that it involves more than knowing how to manipulate the controls to make the aircraft fly and navigate the sky. Sooner or later, students come to understand that there is a myriad of rules and regulations that must be learned and memorized. From experience, I can tell you that those rules and regulations can be very complicated and some are subject to interpretation and robust debate. Don’t be discouraged. Your flight and ground instructors will help you, the books and articles that are available to you will help you, and there are many seminars, courses, and organizations that can help you refresh what you’ve learned and build upon it as you move through your flying career. As a member of AOPA’s Legal Services Plan within the Pilot Protection Services program, you can call legal counselors to get answers to questions that can guide you against engaging in conduct that you might have otherwise thought to be in compliance with the regulations.
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The Aviation Safety Reporting System is a voluntary safety reporting program that allows airmen to make anonymous reports to the government about issues encountered in aviation, with anonymity allowing the airman to be candid–even when their actions may have been a violation of the regulations.
Candler Field Flying Club is a young group focused on teaching young people to fly.
The difference between a private pilot flight operation and a commercial pilot flight operation 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.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.