Fractional Aircraft Ownership

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Fractional Aircraft Ownership Regulation Background & Rulemaking

Fractional ownership operations began in 1986 with the creation of a program that offered aircraft owners increased flexibility in the ownership and operation of aircraft. This program used current aircraft acquisition concepts, including shared or joint aircraft ownership, and provided for the management of the aircraft by an aircraft management company.

The aircraft owners participating in the program agreed not only to share their own aircraft with others having a shared interest in that aircraft, but also to lease their aircraft to other owners in the program (dry lease exchange program). The aircraft owners used the common management company to provide aviation management services including maintenance of the aircraft, pilot training and assignment, and administration of the leasing of the aircraft among the owners.

During the 1990's the growth of fractional ownership programs was substantial and this growth is expected to continue. As these programs grew in size, complexity and number, there was considerable controversy within the aviation community as to their appropriate regulatory structure. Additionally, the FAA had evolving concerns regarding issues of accountability and responsibility for compliance (operational control).

The FAA created the Fractional Ownership Aviation Rulemaking Committee through an order dated October 6, 1999. The objective of the FOARC was to "propose such revisions to the Federal Aviation Regulations and associated guidance material as may be appropriate with respect to fractional ownership programs." On February 23, 2000, the FOARC presented its recommendations to the FAA in the format of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

Presentations

Fractional Aircraft Ownership News

Fractional Aircraft Ownership Grows As Added Programs Drive Value Perception

August 9, 2011
Amidst a turbulent economy, the nation's fractional jet market has made a turn toward what appears to be a period of sustained growth, according to several sources. A continuing focus on "value" has been key in driving that growth, and fractional operators have been responding with a variety of programs and add-on benefits to enhance the value proposition of the fractional model for business aircraft use. Learn more.

Regulatory History

FAA Amends Regulatory Compliance Date for Fractional Operations

On December 14, 2004 the FAA issued a notice that corrects the date by which all fractional operations must be in compliance with FAR Part 91, Subpart K. NBAA was expecting the correction that changes an incorrect December 17, 2004, compliance date to February 17, 2005. All fractional operations will be in compliance with the new rule by the February 2005 deadline.

Federal Register Publishes Fractional Ownership Final Rule

September 17, 2003
On September 17, the FAA's final rule "Regulation of Fractional Aircraft Ownership Programs and On-Demand Operations" was published. The rule sets regulatory standards for fractional ownership operations (Part 91, Subpart K) and updates requirements for on-demand charter operations (Part 135).

Fractional Ownership Aviation Rulemaking Committee

The FAA created the Fractional Ownership Aviation Rulemaking Committee through an order dated October 6, 1999. The objective of the FOARC was to "propose such revisions to the Federal Aviation Regulations and associated guidance material as may be appropriate with respect to fractional ownership programs." On February 23, 2000, the FOARC presented its recommendations to the FAA in the format of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. More.