Is free flight time compensation?

Flight time is only considered compensation when the pilot is not paying all the costs associated with the flight. If the costs are to be shared the following advice is recommended. A private pilot can be compensated, up to a pro-rata share, of the cost of that specific flight.

Do helicopters have to file flight plans?

Yes, they do. If a helicopter pilot is planning on making an IFR flight, then they need to file a flight plan either online or with their local ATC (Air Traffic Control) and they can do this up to one hundred and twenty days before their flight.

Can helicopters fly VFR?

VFR & IFR Flight Rules VFR is short for Visual Fight Rules – This allows a pilot to fly an aircraft with visual reference to the surface and horizon. Most general aviation flights, especially in helicopters are conducted VFR. Pilots are accountable for there own separation from other aircraft.

Can a private pilot earn money?

Although the FAA is strict on flying for hire or compensation, you can earn a pretty penny as a private pilot. You can also leverage your flying experience to help people in need or distress. No money there, perhaps, but it’s commendable.

Do helicopters require 2 pilots?

In the US, aircraft over 12,500 lbs require two pilots to fly them when being operated for Air Transport or when certified for only Two-Pilot Operation. Two pilots increase cost & weight but can also increase safety when demanding flying or passenger carrying operations are required.

Is Special VFR allowed at night?

SVFR is possible at night, but the requirements go up significantly: you must be qualified for instrument flight under FAR 61, and your aircraft must be equipped for instrument flight. Basically, you need to be ready to go IFR.

Can you fly helicopter in rain?

All helicopters are able to fly in the rain, the water droplets do basically nothing to the aircraft and the machines ability to fly is not inhibited at all. The rain does however affect the pilot’s ability to see outside depending on the rain’s intensity. This concept is known as ‘flight visibility’.

What are the rules for ultralight aircraft?

To be considered an ultralight vehicle, a hang glider must weigh less than 155 pounds; while a powered vehicle must weigh less than 254 pounds; is limited to 5 U.S. gallons of fuel; must have a maximum speed of not more than 55 knots; and must have a poweroff stall speed of no more than 24 knots.

Can I land an ultralight at an airport?

FAR 103.17 states that no person may operate an ultralight vehicle within an Airport Traffic Area, Control Zone, Terminal Control Area or Positive Control Area unless that person has prior authorization from the air traffic control facility having jurisdiction over the airspace.

Can you fly a helicopter anywhere?

Technically, due to their size and unique operating characteristics, helicopters can land just about anywhere, including in residential areas, in parking lots, at airports, and on water. In reality, though, there are FAA, state, and local restrictions that must be adhered to that can limit where a helicopter can land.

What is the 123 rule Aviation?

It’s called the 3-2-1 rule, and it’s the easiest way to remember the regulation. To recap, if the weather at your destination isn’t at least 3 SM of visibility and 2000′ AGL ceilings from 1 hour before to 1 hour after your ETA, you need to file an alternate.

Can private pilots use special VFR?

If the reported weather is less, a pilot can request a Special VFR Clearance. Several conditions must be met; the visibility must be at least one statue mile, the pilot must remain clear of clouds and at night, the pilot must be instrument rated in an IFR capable aircraft.