Pilots Can’t Ride Share
WASHINGTON (AP) — An Uber or Lyft service in the air? Not quite, says a federal appeals court. A ruling by the court in Washington says private pilots won't be allowed to offer flight-sharing services to the public. Some pilots were looking to provide air lifts using an Internet model similar to those used by Uber or Lyft. The ruling upholds a decision earlier this year by the Federal Aviation Administration that says a service offered by a Boston-based company called Flytenow breaks flight rules. The company's website matched private pilots with passengers willing to share fuel costs and other expenses. But the FAA says posting a planned trip on a website was like advertising — and puts private pilots under the same set of safety rules as pilots for commercial airlines.