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Blackbird launches flightsharing in US

After years of legal battles (which have now moved into Congress), another company is entering the flight sharing arena in the United States. Blackbird launched their service in 2016, initially offering seats on chartered airplanes. The bulk of their service is still chartered flights, but Blackbird recently introduced the option to Hitch a ride on […]

Flight Sharing in U.S. killed by courts but now revived in Congress

Flight sharing may be legalized in the U.S. this year with a new bill introduced to Congress. Flight sharing is a way for private pilots to offer empty seats in airplanes to strangers who want to fly the same route. It helps the pilots cover the rather high costs of equipment and fuel. And it […]

Flight Sharing Shut Down by U.S. Supreme Court

On January 9 the Supreme Court declined to hear a Flytenow case against the FAA, effectively shutting down the legal appeal for their flight sharing business. This is just the latest development in a long legal battle by Flytenow since they were shut down by the FAA in 2015. The concept of flight sharing is similar to […]

More Flight Sharing in Europe

Wingly, a new peer-to-peer flight sharing company, recently closed their first (angel) round of funding. From their press release on June 6: More than 10,000 users, including around 2,000 pilots, are already convinced by the concept. To this day, Wingly’s pilots have already saved more than 60,000 € of costs. Flight hours are getting more expensive, costing […]

Peer-to-Peer Flight Sharing Grounded by the FAA

In 2014 the FAA demanded a halt to flight sharing for violating FAA regulations, starting a legal battle with Flytenow, one of a handful of flight sharing companies in the U.S. At the end of 2015 the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington DC ruled against Flytenow. While challenging the FAA decision, by late 2015 the flight sharing businesses in […]

Flight Sharing Taking off in Europe, Grounded in the U.S.

Last year I reported on the FAA grounding flight sharing services in the United States. I recently came across a new flight sharing service (or as they call it, traveling by coavionnage) in Europe: Off We Fly. They mostly have flights listed within France, but the website is in both French and English so they clearly […]

FAA Halts Flight Sharing

On August 13 the Federal Aviation Administration sent AirPooler a notice that flight sharing violates regulations. Flight sharing is an interesting new peer to peer service that allows people to purchase a seat with a private pilot who has empty space in an upcoming flight. In theory this works like ride sharing, and helps cover the cost of […]

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