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Interpretation needed whether this is legal flying for compensation

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Commercial Pilot, FAA Regulations

 I am an instrument pilot with an A&P and I own my own business.     Occasionally my customers ask if I would be willing to deliver their airplane.


 I have  searched the regs and looked for  a letter of interpretation but I cannot find my answer.


 When I have been asked to come to a customer to work on their airplane,  I charge the customer for my travel time regardless if I fly my own airplane or drive.


Can I  do the same and charge the customer for my time spent relocating their airplane back to them?


 Thank you for your answers 

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  1. HardLandings on Nov 03, 2016

    I am pretty sure that the scenario you describe would require a commercial pilots license. However, I don’t see anything stopping you from delivering an airplane for free and then giving it one heck of an oil change, since you are an A&P 😉

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  2. Kris Kortokrax on Nov 03, 2016

    What you are describing sounds like ferrying an aircraft. That is included in the exemptions from the requirement for an air carrier certificate and is found in 14 CFR 119.1(e)(3).

    You stated that you are an Instrument pilot, but did not state whether you have a Private or Commercial certificate. If you have a Commercial certificate, no problem.

    If you have only a Private pilot certificate, I would have to do more research on the subject. I suspect that it might not be considered incidental, because if you did not pick up the airplane, you could not perform the maintenance, That would seem to make the flight essential to your business, but that is just my opinion at the moment.

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  3. Jhetter on Nov 10, 2016

    I have a private certificate with instrument rating.

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