- Write a letter to your Congressional representatives in the US House and Senate. Enclose excerpts from this blog, your own ideas, and a draft of the proposed bill. It really is that simple.
- Contact AOPA, NBAA, and any other aviation trade organization with which you might have an affiliation.
- Participate in blogs frequented by fellow pilots and other aviation enthusiasts and professionals and let your opinion be heard.
Friday, August 22, 2014
- By restricting the compensation to reimbursement of expenses, paragraph (a) ensures that the flight is not the business, i.e., that it is not conducted by the private pilot for profit as an aviation business.
- Sub-paragraph (1) codifies the incidental doctrine that is well established in case law and there is no controversy surrounding its application:
- Sub-paragraph (2) codifies in statute the common purpose doctrine that the FAA has developed on its own to plug the gap between the definition of operations that are quid pro quo transactions and flights in which the private pilot shares a bona fide common interest in the mission:
- Sub-paragraph (3) ensures that the private pilot is not compelled to operate the flight as a condition of their employment or some other business compulsion. This is in stark contrast to a pilot employed in a commercial operation. It ultimately grants the private pilot the discretion to choose the mode of transportation, thus reinforcing the incidental doctrine.
- Sub-paragraph (4) extends the same doctrine as (3) to the passengers and property carried by a private pilot:
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Greetings fellow aviators,
Folklore has it that a frog would boil to death if it would be placed in a pot of cold water under which a flame is applied to gradually raise the temperature over a long period of time.
This blog is about tamping out some of that insidious fire that has incrementally eroded our fundamental right to use our private property, our airplanes, for purely private purposes.
On December 17, 1903 there were no government imposed restrictions on manned powered flight. There was only the freedom to fly. The flame of regulation has been burning under us ever since.
Timothy F. McDonough, Ph.D.
Visiting Clinical Professor
Dept. of Information Technology and Operations Management
SMU Cox School of Business