A team of private airplane pilots is building support in Congress and with limited-government groups to overturn a Federal Aviation Administration decision to ground their plan for aviation ridesharing, similar to Uber and Airbnb.
Called "Flytenow," founders Matt Voska and Alan Guichard, aided by the Goldwater Institute and Americans for Tax Reform, are pushing to win support for an amendment to the pending Federal Aviation Administration funding bill to clear their plan for takeoff.
Their model, already used in Europe, would offer unused space on general aviation aircraft for about 10 percent of a charter flight ticket.
Like Airbnb, Uber and local car-sharing outfits, Flytenow is a platform linking up pilots looking for bodies and those interested in cheap flights.
At issue are FAA safety concerns and a rule that bars private aircraft from profiting, but the founders said safety won't be jeopardized and all that private pilots are seeking is help paying for their flights.
"There is a huge excess of capacity and it's easier for people to get to their destination than by car," said Voska, who is a pilot. "We're just trying to make use of empty seats."
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