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scattering of ashes from plane for non-profit

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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.


    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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