[Aviation Ride Sharing] Wingly is giving it a go in the UK

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  1. AggieMike88

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    We've watched the attempts to have Uber and Craigslist style aviation ride sharing here in the United States. And we have discussed those attempts at length.

    Now we get to watch a new company "Wingly" start doing this in the UK.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/travel...n-elstree-aerodrome-bristol-ifr-a7702636.html

    Will this eventually provide enough actual and real world data to create changes on our side of the pond? Who knows.

    I just thought it was an interesting news story to share with this crowd.
     
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    Interesting for sure. I guess if you wanted to keep it "legal", you would have to make sure the pilot was still paying his fair share of the flight if he/she didn't have a commercial ticket. Pretty interesting concept though, could help with some guys looking to build time if they did it right. I feel like the average public may be a little gun shy around some GA aircraft though. Good read, thanks for posting.
     
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    A bit more info from the Wingly Website...

    Is it legal?

    Yes. According to the European regulation (see art. 6 paragraph 4a regulation (EU) no. 965/ 2012) pilots are allowed to share flights as long as the aircraft does not exceed 6 seats and has a non-complex power unit. Furthermore pilots are only allowed to share the costs, they are not allowed to make any profit on the flight. Wingly's policy is that the pilot pays the same share of the flight as the passengers, or more. We have received written confirmation from EASA, stating that flight sharing and the advertising flight shares is totally legal, so long as the costs are equally shared. We also have the same letter of confirmation from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in the UK. In other words, because the flight remains a private one, the pilot does not need a commercial pilot’s licence to share his cost with passengers.​

    And this is kinda sorta maybe somewhat could be similar to what we have in the US, however, we have the added tag of "common purpose".
     
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    I thought I've read that the pilot needs a reason to be at the destination also, not just providing transportation, whether they pay their share or not. I don't think this will fly in the US. (heh)
     
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    Correct. That's the simple definition of "common purpose"

    Say I was flying solo somewhere to attend a wedding, business meeting, sporting event, etc. And someone else had a need to go to the same city for similar reasons. That fits the common purpose rule and the passenger can come along and pay their pro rata share.
     
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    That makes sense