FAR 61.101(e)(12) states a recreational pilot may not
demonstrate that aircraft in flight as an aircraft salesperson to a prospective buyer;`
(Please note use of the world salesperson.)
AOPA's website publishes a question, presumably taken from the FAA knowledge test bank, which reads
- Under what conditions, if any, may a recreational pilot demonstrate an aircraft in flight to a prospective buyer?
A) The buyer pays all the operating expenses.
B) The flight is not outside the United States.
According to AOPA (and other sites which publish the identical question), the answer is
So we can conclude the FAA knowledge test is saying that a Recreational Pilot may never demonstrate an airplane to a prospective buyer, no matter who is the plane's owner.
Is a Recreational Pilot de facto considered a salesperson when wishing to sell his/her plane? A lay definition of salesperson is someone whose job is to sell something. Certainly a private, non-dealer owner could not be considered to be "someone whose job...".
But perhaps the FAA has defined salesperson more broadly, or the test bank question could be erroneous (it wouldn't be the first time an official answer is subtly wrong).