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Private Pilot Compensation

The short answer is that in practice the FAA doesn’t care about “compensation” between family and bona fide friends. The long answer is that the FAA’s mission is to protect the general public from ...
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Can I charge for editing footage from a video that was taken during a flight as a private pilot in US?

I'm assuming you didn't do the editing while you were sitting in the cockpit, flying the plane. Charge him whatever you want for your time sitting at home on the computer. It doesn't matter where the ...
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May pilots receive compensation for performing preventive maintenance under US regulations?

First, it's a little too broad to say that a private pilot can perform preventive maintenance. The full wording in 14 CFR 43.3(g) is (emphasis mine): Except for holders of a sport pilot certificate, ...
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Is it legal to accept money for flight training as a gift?

In my opinion, this is possibly legal, but depends on the totality of the circumstances. From the Hancock interpretation (emphasis mine): An item of value is not compensation under the regulations, ...
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Private Pilot Compensation

The question is if the money given to you by your parents can be considered income. In the case of a parent paying for a legal dependent’s expenses, I do not think this can be considered income. ...
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Is it legal to accept money for flight training as a gift?

It's completely legal because it's a one way transaction - provided the payment is a genuine gift with absolutely no strings attached. Private pilots are forbidden from receiving "compensation&...
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61.113 - As a private pilot, can I be reimbursed for flights on which I conduct scientific measurements for my job/school?

It's very straightforward. The GPS receivers are their property, and if you are compensated, then you are carrying property for compensation. Ask yourself this: would my advisor still reimburse me if ...
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Can a holder of a Commercial Pilot License be compensated for business flight expenses?

To answer your question. Yes, you can be compensated for all those scenarios provided your company owns the aircraft. You will fall in the second bullet point below. You can use your commercial ...
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What are the restrictions on a private pilot who is not logging time?

The hypothetical exchange is something like this: Pilot holding a PPL: I want to be paid to fly somebody/something from A to B. FAA: You can't. Paying money is obviously compensation and the PPL ...
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May pilots receive compensation for performing preventive maintenance under US regulations?

Officially, or unofficially? As a rule government bureaucracy doesn't deal well with informal arrangements between friends, so officially I'm quite sure the FAA answer is no. It's like asking the IRS ...
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Can I charge for editing footage from a video that was taken during a flight as a private pilot in US?

I am not a lawyer, so do not regard the following as legal advice, it is a suggestion only. Particularly since your Pilots Licence is involved, talk to a real lawyer. As a friend who has a private ...
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What are the restrictions on a private pilot who is not logging time?

Nothing in the CFRs say you can be compensated at 100% as long as you don't log the time. The standard is: "A private pilot may not pay less than the pro rata share of the operating expenses of ...
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Under FAA rules, can a private pilot act as PIC in aircraft furnished by someone else if they're not otherwise compensated?

For something to be "compensation," both sides must receive something of value. It's a "if you do X, I'll give you Y" kind of affair. "I'll give you Y unconditionally" is ...
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