Tom Horne

Ride-sharing, wherever you want it

October 3, 2012 by Thomas A. Horne, Editor At Large

Let’s say a pilot is flying a cross-country, but has an empty seat or two. Doesn’t it seem a waste not to fill a seat or two with someone needing a lift? Now, Edouard Kohler of AOPA-France, has come up with a way to match pilots with potential passengers–or other pilots wanting the experience. Kohler’s website gives you a way to see which willing pilots are going where, and lets prospective pilot/passengers sign up. It’s a new program, just launched a month ago, and Kohler is hopeful that more pilots and passengers will sign up for ride-sharing.

Sounds like a great way to spread the word about GA. We’ll see how the concept evolves over the coming year. And remember, this ride-sharing program is intended to be available in both the United States and Europe.

9 Responses to “Ride-sharing, wherever you want it”

  1. Gary Says:

    Just wondering if the FAA has weighed in on considering these ‘passengers’?

  2. Levin Says:

    finally someone did it, it was was needed.


    Now this sounds like a great idea. Does this mean one can just go along for the ride, and if one is a perspective pilot sign on as co-pilot.

  4. Michael Maguire Says:

    I think we are going to need a very specific interpretation from the feds, or more preferrably a long overdue regs change, to make sure they don’t pull stunts like claiming the pilot is being compensated if only for the flight time. Don’t forget the case where a guy was busted for flying to a biz convention and taking his CEO, etc. only to be busted, because he would not have otherwise been going. At the moment, unless the pilot very clearly meets that criteria (they were going anyway), the feds have, in some cases, considered any sharing of costs as compensation for hire, and you can’t be caught advertising the fact, because that can also be construed as solicitation for compensation. Stupid, but that’s the way it is.
    Having just come back from flying in the UK, I can say that, In Europe, even before EASA, the rules are very explicit that a pilot is allowed to solicit and accept cost-sharing, whether as a way of building time or not, without fear of prosecution. In the UK, there is a similar program already in place using a website (can’t remember the link now)

  5. Bruce Liddel Says:

    This is hadly a new idea, even if it is a great idea. Baldy has been running a websilt for htis exact same purpose for several years now.

  6. Edouard Kohler Says:

    No. This just mean, that the person is along for the ride from A to B. Search the web site, it is all explained.

  7. Dave Says:

    How is this different from

    It’s a great idea, but it already exists.

  8. Chris1 Says:

    @eduard – So as i understand, I am a plane owner I register (which I did – was easy) and the I can post my plane info then use it to tell about my trip, so others can join me? I am just bad with technology

  9. Stu Says:

    Wish I’d have known about this before I flew to Dallas.

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