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Third party providing aircraft for flight training.

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Hi all, I am looking to do some more flying with a CFI to regain proficiency.  I was wondering what restrictions exist on a third party commercial service renting an airplane out for flight training purposes.  Since I do know a few CFI's I was wondering if they would be able to provide me with flight training. I'm thinking that there may be some regulations related to this kind of operation and was hoping that some of you knowledgable people could help! Thanks so much.

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  1. John D Collins on Mar 25, 2015

    This is a question that you would pose to the company or person that rented you the airplane and is most likely covered in a rental agreement and or with insurance requirements. If the aircraft is being used for flight instruction, then it must comply with 91.409(b) requirement for 100 hour inspections. Depending on the relationship of the CFI and the provider of the aircraft, this may apply.

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  2. Russ Roslewski on Mar 25, 2015

    There aren’t any regulations prohibiting this, assuming you’re discussing the most basic of scenarios – For example, you’re an FAA Private Pilot, you know an FBO that rents a 172, you want to rent the airplane and bring your own instructor. No problems with that from the FAA, however the rental agreement might specify “only approved instructors” or similar language.

    The aircraft wouldn’t even necessarily need a 100-hour inspection if you’re bringing the instructor, since the FBO wouldn’t be provided the flight training services.

    http://www.aopa.org/Pilot-Resources/Aircraft-Ownership/Aircraft-Inspections

    However, any FBO that also conducts training is going to be required to have 100-hour inspections done regardless, so it may be a moot point anyway.

    Now if you’re talking about renting a Citation and working on proficiency, that’s a different question!

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  3. Mark Kolber on Mar 25, 2015

    The 100 hour inspection issue is going to be whether the owner is providing the airplane to the student or to the instructor. My bets are (1) the owner is providing the airplane to the instructor as the PIC and (2) the FAA would say the instructor is, by extension, providing the airplane and, therefore a 100 hour inspection is required.

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