Want to help a community organization raise money? How about improving airport/community relations? You can do both with a charity flight. And as an AOPA member, you get a drug test exemption, making it more affordable to offer charity flights. AOPA offers an online guide that walks you through each step of planning and executing a charity flight, along with what is entailed with the members-only drug testing exemption.
In 2003, the FAA had proposed a rule that would make it more difficult to offer charity flights and increase the number of flight hours a pilot needed to offer one from 200 to 500. AOPA has been battling the issue and is set to talk to the Office of Management and Budget next week about the FAA's proposal. The association wants to ensure that the number of flight hours required is not increased.
September 13, 2006