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List your Privately Owned Aircraft for Hire on the AOPA Website – FREE to Pilot and Instructor Members

Aircraft Owners

If your aircraft is under-utilised it can make sense to hire it out for self-fly hire to other trusted pilots.

Flying a low number of hours a year is generally bad for the aircraft, especially the engine, and it also pushes up your actual cost per hour to fly.

EASA Aircraft

If your aircraft is an EASA aircraft with a Certificate of Airworthiness you can, subject to any restrictions, hire it out for private self-fly hire and charge whatever hourly rate you set.

Self-fly hire of an EASA aircraft is deemed to be a commercial operation if the following applies:
 
Reference: Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 ('the Basic Regulation'), Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 on Air Operations

The term 'commercial operation' is defined in Article 3 of the Basic Regulation as follows:
 'Commercial operation' shall mean any operation of an aircraft, in return for remuneration or other valuable consideration, which is available to the public or, when not made available to the public, which is performed under a contract between an operator and a customer, where the latter has no control over the operator.

If your EASA aiircraft is operating with an engine beyond TBO, or is older than permitted years, you may be restricted to private use only. In this case, an alternative would be for the hirer to have some level of share in the aircraft and operate it as a private group. Your maintenance organisation should be able to advise you.

To avoid possible tax benefit in kind implications, assuming that you use the aircraft yourself, if your aircraft is owned and operated as a limited company or trust you should only charge it out at the hourly rate that you pay yourself.

You need to make sure that any other pilot using the aircraft is covered by the aircraft insurance and can legally fly it.

If your aircraft is an EASA Permit aircraft you may only hire it out for private self-fly hire if the permit allows you to do so. If it doesn’t, only the sole owner or shareholder of a group owned aircraft may pay to fly the aircraft. The ANO 2016 no longer requires that each shareholder has to own an equal share and there is no longer a 20 person maximum number of shareholders, each with a 5% share. So long as each shareholder has some equity, i.e. not a £0 share, and is registered as a joint owner of the aircraft with the CAA, each shareholder can pay to fly the aircraft. Using this change may allow you to allow other pilots to pay to fly the aircraft.

Annexe II Aircraft

Unless the aircraft has a CofA, a Permit to Fly or permission from the CAA that allows you to hire it out for self-hire you may not do so. Only the sole owner or shareholder of a group owned aircraft may pay to fly the aircraft. The ANO 2016 no longer requires that each shareholder has to own an equal share and there is no longer a 20 person maximum number of shareholders, each with a 5% share. So long as each shareholder has some equity, i.e. not a £0 share, and is registered as a joint owner of the aircraft with the CAA, each shareholder can pay to fly the aircraft. Using this change may allow you to allow other pilots to pay to fly the aircraft.

You need to make sure that any other pilot using the aircraft is covered by the aircraft insurance and can legally fly it.

National Permit to Fly Aircraft

Unless the aircraft has a Permit to Fly or you have the permission of the CAA that allows you to hire it out for self-hire you may not do so. Only the sole owner or shareholder of a group owned aircraft may pay to fly the aircraft. The ANO 2016 no longer requires that each shareholder has to own an equal share and there is no longer a 20 person maximum number of shareholders, each with a 5% share. So long as each shareholder has some equity, i.e. not a £0 share, and is registered as a joint owner of the aircraft with the CAA, each shareholder can pay to fly the aircraft. Using this change may allow you to allow other pilots to pay to fly the aircraft.

You need to make sure that any other pilot using the aircraft is covered by the aircraft insurance and can legally fly it.

Before you Hire out your Aircraft

Check that your Aircraft Insurance will cover rental and if there is additional premium or excess.

Have terms and conditions of hire available in electronic format for the hirer to reference.

Have the Aircraft POH and check list in electronic format for the hirer to reference.

If you have a preferred Instructor for check rides let the hirer have their details.

If the hirer needs to be a joint-owner make sure the terms and conditions cover this.

If the hirer becomes a joint-owner, be aware of Section 88 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 – Detention and Sale of Aircraft for Unpaid Airport Charges.

If you have any doubts about the hirer DON’T let them fly the aircraft.

To advertise your privately owned aircraft for hire please open the section below and complete the form.

Submission of this form indicates that you fully agree with these Terms and Conditions:

1) You must be and remain a member of AOPA UK while your advertisement is published.

2) You are responsible for ensuring that your aircraft may legally be hired.

3) You are responsible for advising AOPA UK of any change of the details provided.

4) Your advertisment will be published on the AOPA website until you ask for it to be unpublsihed or cease to be a member of AOPA UK.

5) AOPA UK is not acting as an agent for your aircraft hire and is not party to any agreement you make with any hirer of your aircraft.

All details submitted in this form will be held on an AOPA UK database until your advertisement is unpublished. The data will be used to create your advertisment and retained for verification purposes by AOPA UK  should that be required at a later date.

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Please include all relevant information, including:

  • Prerequisite requirements for Pilot experience, ratings and training
  • Check ride requirements
  • Hourly rental rate and basis of charge
  • Would the renter be required to have a share in the aircraft; value and terms
  • Any currency requirements
  • Booking arrangements

Photographs are your opportunity to show your aircraft in at its best and make it appealing to potential buyers or shareholders.

It is recommended that you include one external view and one internal view, which includes the instrument panel. You may upload up to 3 separate photographs, of 500 to 600 pixels in width or height, depending on whether it is portrait or landscape.

Each photograph file can be no more than 1 MB in size and must be either jpg, jpeg, png or gif (non-animated) format.

FILE NAME: Please include the aircraft registration as the first part of the file name.

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