Welcome Guest. Sign in or Signup

7 Answers

Using private aircraft to commute to work

Asked by: 3606 views , , , , ,
FAA Regulations

what are the FAA regulations about a private pilot or a commercial pilot using their own personal aircraft to commute to work  in another city on a regular basis.  Is this allowed? 

Ace Any FAA Written Test!
Actual FAA Questions / Free Lifetime Updates
The best explanations in the business
Fast, efficient study.
Pass Your Checkride With Confidence!
FAA Practical Test prep that reflects actual checkrides.
Any checkride: Airplane, Helicopter, Glider, etc.
Written and maintained by actual pilot examiners and master CFIs.
The World's Most Trusted eLogbook
Be Organized, Current, Professional, and Safe.
Highly customizable - for student pilots through pros.
Free Transition Service for users of other eLogs.
Our sincere thanks to pilots such as yourself who support AskACFI while helping themselves by using the awesome PC, Mac, iPhone/iPad, and Android aviation apps of our sponsors.

7 Answers



  1. Kevin on May 24, 2012

    Give them enough time, or make the suggestion that it is unsafe because it will cause pilots – who need to get to work – to fly into IMC, and I am sure they’ll issue a new regulation or two … hundred.

    0 Votes Thumb up 0 Votes Thumb down 0 Votes



  2. Brian on May 25, 2012

    The FAA won’t mind, but you may wish to see where your company stands on the matter. Quite a few companies seem to frown on this, or not allow it all together, because of the potential for a lawsuit. 

    0 Votes Thumb up 0 Votes Thumb down 0 Votes



  3. Lucas on May 25, 2012

    Well the company can only have an issue with it if you are flying to work on company time, in that case you are getting paid while flying, but as long as you are carrying only your own self, than this would be categorized as incidental to the business, and would still be legal according to the FAA. But again, as Brian says, if you are flying on company time than the company will probably not allow you to do it as some point.
    Also remember that most accidents happen for a series of reasons, and it all starts with falling behind the airplane.What if one morning you wake up real late and have an incredibly important appointment? Are you going to refuel the airplane? Are you going to test the fuel before take off? are you even going to check the weather?
    I hope you get my point
    Fly safe and enjoy
    Lucas
    http://WWW.pilottrainingsolutions.com

    +1 Votes Thumb up 1 Votes Thumb down 0 Votes



  4. PAS on May 25, 2012

    Thank you all.

    0 Votes Thumb up 0 Votes Thumb down 0 Votes



  5. Matthew Waugh on May 25, 2012

    There is no problem if it’s just you. If you take people along make sure you’re in the shared cost business.
    I don’t see how the company can have an opinion on how you commute.

    0 Votes Thumb up 0 Votes Thumb down 0 Votes



  6. Heli on May 26, 2012

    Enjoy your airplane and fly to work. It’s one of life’s best pleasures and being that it has draw backs and positives make sure you run the scenario by a few experienced flight instructors so you don’t get rushed or loose your job.
    You can fly to work, during work or whenever you like. Even take your. CO- workers along during work hours. Just don’t let them pay more than you and nothing is wrong with that. Don’t let the regulations fool you. The FAA wants you to fly to work and during work. They just have to protect the commercial operators that spend all their money compiling with all the ommercial regulations so we don’t raise hell with them.
    If I ever here of someone flying commercially And they are not an operator or commercial pilot doing it legally, I turn them in before they hit the ground.

    0 Votes Thumb up 0 Votes Thumb down 0 Votes



  7. Heliman on May 26, 2012

    Enjoy your airplane and fly to work. It’s one of life’s best pleasures and being that it has draw backs and positives make sure you run the scenario by a few experienced flight instructors so you don’t get rushed or loose your job.
    You can fly to work, during work or whenever you like. Even take your. CO- workers along during work hours. Just don’t let them pay more than you and nothing is wrong with that. Don’t let the regulations fool you. The FAA wants you to fly to work and during work.

    0 Votes Thumb up 0 Votes Thumb down 0 Votes


The following terms have been auto-detected the question above and any answers or discussion provided. Click on a term to see its definition from the Dauntless Aviation JargonBuster Glossary.

Answer Question

Our sincere thanks to all who contribute constructively to this forum in answering flight training questions. If you are a flight instructor or represent a flight school / FBO offering flight instruction, you are welcome to include links to your site and related contact information as it pertains to offering local flight instruction in a specific geographic area. Additionally, direct links to FAA and related official government sources of information are welcome. However we thank you for your understanding that links to other sites or text that may be construed as explicit or implicit advertising of other business, sites, or goods/services are not permitted even if such links nominally are relevant to the question asked.