Business aircraft operators’ private flight operations under 14 C.F.R. part 91 (Part 91) are now a little less private. Under newly promulgated 14 C.F.R. part 111 (Part 111), certain Part 91 business aircraft operators must now comply with a number of requirements under the Pilot Records Improvement Act (PRIA), as amended, and the electronic Pilot Records Database (PRD) regulations.
One of the most confusing issues facing business and general aviation aircraft operators is the question of whether they can operate their aircraft solely under the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) general, or noncommercial, operating rules, or whether they must also obtain certification as a commercial operator and operate their aircraft under the applicable commercial rules.