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Is there a rule on passengers drinking alchohol in a light 2-6 seater aircraft?

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Is it the same reg as with a commercial aircraft?  Passengers drink alchohol all day in commercial aircraft, is there any regs preventing my freinds from drinking on board my small plane?

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  1. Kris Kortokrax on Apr 20, 2012

    See 91.17.
    There is no proscription concerning drinking alcohol on board your small plane.
    91.17(b) does say that you may not carry a person who appears to be intoxicated.  This would seem to put a limit on how much alcohol might be consumed on your small plane.
    Also, consider a potential emergency landing.  Would you want your passengers to be sober or under the influence if they might be required to extricate you from the wreckage?

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  2. Bob Watson on Apr 27, 2012

    Then there’s what happens if they decide to get a little rowdy or beligerent. A floatplane went down in Canada a while back because a drunk passenger in the back seat used his legs to push the pilot against the control yoke and panel, causing the plane to go down and crash.
    In an airliner, there’s lots more room and more crew to accomdate unruly behavior. Not so in a light plane. If something happens, y’ll have to deal with it while flying the plane.

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