If a commercial pilot wanted to provide pilot services for free to fly a plane that is being rented entirely by a friend that wants flown out of town, is that legal? The pilot is still getting the benefit of the flight time, but zero monetary gain. I have been told that even gaining free flight time in exchange for flying an individual is considered compensation in the eyes of the FAA. True? False? Or it's another one of those, it's all in the interpretation?