COMMERCIAL PILOT PAY

Updated: Nov 10

When can you receive compensation for your work as a pilot? The rules can be confusing and convoluted.


Here's what you need to know.


COMMERCIAL PILOT PAY

The easiest way to know if you can be paid for your services as a Commercial Pilot is to ask yourself the series of questions listed below. At the end of this blog post there is also a well organized flow chart you can use.


Question - Will you be receiving money for your pilot services?

If not, you need to have at least a Private Pilot License with a Third Class Medical Certificate and the pilots and passengers must share the expense of the flight equally.


If yes, move on to the next question.


Question - Who provided the aircraft?

If the passenger provided the aircraft then you may receive compensation for the flight while following the rules and limitations listed in FAR 61.133.


If you, the pilot, provided the aircraft, then move on to the next question.


Question - Will you be carrying persons or property from Point A to Point B?

If no, follow the rules listed in FAR 119.1.


If yes, move on to the next question.


Question - Are you willing to carry anybody who pays (are you holding out)?

If no, you are operating only by contract and must then ask yourself if the seating capacity of the aircraft is greater than or equal to 20 or the payload of the aircraft is greater than or equal to 6,000 lbs.


If yes, move on to the next question.


Question - Is the flight a regularly scheduled operation?

If no, a Part 135 Operational Certificate is required to receive compensation.


If yes, a Part 121 Operational Certificate is required to receive compensation.


COMMERCIAL PAY FLOW CHART

See the flow chart below for more details.




















Author - Nate Hodell

CFI/CFII/MEI/ATP - Creator of wifiCFI - Owner of Axiom Aviation Flight School.


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