October 28, 2013
By Jonathan Sackier
In England where I grew up, there was an advertising campaign for a brand of petroleum whose mascot was a jungle cat. The slogan to encourage you to get revved up with its fuel was, "Have you got a tiger in your tank?" If the ads bombarding men are anything to go by, that is exactly the question they are asking. The tiger I am referring to is testosterone, which some abbreviate to just plain "T." Only they don't ask you if you want milk and sugar with that.
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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.
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.
Judging from the work Yodice Associates has been doing lately to help preserve the freedom to fly, it seems that there are new and bigger legal issues warranting attention.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.