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scattering of ashes from plane for non-profit

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Hello,

Totally a weird question and situation, but hear me out. 

So my father runs a non-profit organization that performs scattering of ashes at sea for military families. I just received my private pilot's certificate and he came up with this "grand idea". He'd like to offer a scattering of ashes from plane service to increase his range of options for military family (primarliy airforce veterans i guess), and he would like me to be his pilot. 

So the essence of my question is, is it legal for a private pilot to scatter ashes from an airplane if the voyage is paid for by the non-profit? I know commercial operations are prohibited, but it's technically not commercial given the organizations non-profit tax filing status.....

I also would not be paid for the flight, but the costs of the flight itself would be covered entirely by the organization and the donations it recieves. 

 

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  1. Kris Kortokrax on Jul 28, 2016

    Take a look at this legal interpretation. It addresses a situation where the costs of operating the aircraft are paid by someone else and the pilot logs the time.

    http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/agc/pol_adjudication/agc200/interpretations/data/interps/2011/dias-angelflightwest%20-%20(2011)%20legal%20interpretation.pdf

    Flight time accrued is considered to be compensation. The cost of operating the flight are considered to be compensation.

    What you are proposing would not be legal with just a Private pilot certificate.

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