In most cases, if an operator provides air transportation of persons or property for compensation or hire, the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) require that a commercial operating certificate be issued. Operators of business aircraft that wish to conduct operations for compensation or hire are generally certificated under Part 135 of the FARs. As a certificate holding entity, the operator must comply with a number of FAA requirements regarding areas such as flight operations, maintenance and training.

Eligible On-Demand Operations

In addition to creating Subpart K of Part 91, the Final Rule “Regulation of Fractional Aircraft Ownership Programs and On-Demand Operations” changes certain Part 135 regulations. 14 CFR 135.4 defines a new type of operator known as an “eligible on-demand operation.” An eligible on-demand operation is allowed more lenient destination airport effective runway length performance and the opportunity to conduct an instrument approach at an airport with no weather reporting with certain qualifiers. These alternatives are only available to an eligible on-demand operation. One requirement of an eligible on-demand operation is that the flightcrew must consist of at least two qualified pilots.