Effective at 12:01 a.m. November 1, 2007, owners of experimental aircraft will no longer be able to use EAA’s exemption No. 7162 to receive compensation for renting their aircraft to others who seek experimental aircraft-specific flight training and flight reviews. However, even though this exemption has ended, experimental aircraft owners may still be able to receive compensation for rental of their aircraft. Under FAR 91.319(h), the FAA Flight Standards District Offices (“FSDOs”) has the responsibility and authority to work with experimental aircraft owners who offer their aircraft to be rented for specific flight training and flight reviews.
In order for an experimental aircraft owner to use his or her aircraft for flight training, and to receive compensation for that use, the owner will need to contact the Operations Supervisor at the local FSDO and apply for an Experimental Aircraft Flight Training Letter of Deviation as outlined in FAA Notice N 8900.15. Once issued, that letter will authorize the aircraft owner to receive compensation for the flight training use of the aircraft.
For those individuals who are building or acquiring an experimental aircraft and who would like to locate an experimental aircraft in which they may be able to obtain training, FAA Flight Standards Division and each FSDO will maintain a list of the aircraft with such letters of deviation that may be available for such training.