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Author: another idea   Date: 4/11/2019 2:14:57 AM  +1/-1   Show Orig. Msg (this window) Or  In New Window

If you get a chance to read the contract for a hospital based program, you will see that the helicopter company gets a set rate per month plus a flight hour rate.  So, you are flying home alone after dropping the crew off at a hospital so you can make it back in 15 hours under part 91.  The question is, how can you be flying under part 91?  You are providing professional pilot services and your company is being paid a direct hourly rate (profit) to provide that service.  You are employed by a company, lets call it company A and you are operating an aircraft owned by company B for the purpose of returning the aircraft owned by company B to a base of their choice so that they can continue to use the aircraft for further business purposes.  Lets be honest about this part 91 BS.  You are a professional pilot and you are being paid an hourly rate to fly the aircraft.  Paid to fly.  Paid as a trained and licensed pilot to operate an aircraft.  That alone smells like commercial aviation to me and should always be under part 135.  Now some people make the argument that if the aircraft you are flying is owned by the same company you work for then it is part 91. Why?  You are being paid as a professional to move the aircraft.  In a HBS program the company you work for does not own the aircraft so your company is making a profit moving an aircraft form point a to point b and that is the definition of commercial aviation and that is part 135 flying.  The entire part 91 argument is complete hogwash is the case of any HAA operation.

 
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The horse isnít dead! +7/-5 Keep kicking! 4/10/2019 4:09:52 PM