The National Air Tour Safety Standards Final Rule went into effect March 15. With that comes an increase in the minimum number of hours required for private pilots to conduct charity fundraising flights - from 200 to 500 hours.
"AOPA had aggressively opposed this because it limits the number of pilots available to provide charity fundraising flights," said Melissa Rudinger, AOPA vice president of regulatory affairs.
Also under the new rule, operators conducting nonstop commercial sightseeing flights within a 25-statute-mile radius of an airport must obtain a letter of authorization (LOA) from the FAA by September 11.
See AOPA's brief for complete details of the new requirements for fixed-wing and helicopter charity and sightseeing operations.
March 15, 2007