Roadie App

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  1. ColoPilot

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    I know we've had a lot of threads on the legality of ride sharing apps...

    Roadie is an app that matches someone sending a package with someone driving to that same city. The rate is based on distance and urgency (I've never used it so I don't know what rates are). Would the FAA still frown on a private pilot who is flying from A to B, getting some money to take a package with them? Even if they were going to B anyway?

    Not that I'm planning on doing this, I just read about this app and assumed someone will try it with an airplane.

    Edit: review of the FARs and a Google search of enforcement actions show this would not be allowed.
     
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    How could Roadie possibly compete with UPS, FedEx, even USPS?
     
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    Ding ding ding. :)
     
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    Yeah, the rules for carrying passengers for compensation or hire also apply to carrying property for compensation or hire.
     
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    Not sure, but they are somehow associated with UPS. I looked at their webpage and it would cost $33 to send a package from Denver to Vail, but I'm not sure how much the driver would get. If you were driving from Denver to Vail to go skiing anyway, you could take a package and it might pay for your parking in Vail. Probably not, and you would waste part of the ski day trying to find some dude to deliver his package, which is probably full of drugs anyway.
     
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    The exception is the rule about passengers being able to pay up to their proportionate share of the costs when they have a common purpose with the pilot in making the trip. I don't think there's any equivalent to that for carrying packages. So this idea is even less legally viable than the passenger ride-share idea, which didn't work out for other reasons if I remember correctly (holding out to the public).
     
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    Well I suppose if you and the package shared a common purpose and you paid your pro rata share...

    :popcorn:
     
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    Maybe something like...

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    A couple folks have been caught with mannequins aboard using the HOV lanes around here. Need better dummies I guess.
     
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    They aren't trying to compete with them.

    Their big starter contract is with Delta to delivery "lost"/delayed luggage. Instead of using a taxi Delta now uses Roadie; at least in Atlanta where Roadie is headquartered. I know someone working there in corporate, not delivery.
     
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    Okay, that kinda makes sense. Thanks.