A clear European regulation
Flight sharing is fully legal in the European Union according to the European Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 and it has been confirmed by the EASA itself in this letter. Private pilots are allowed to share their flights and costs with passengers in non-complex aircraft carrying no more than 6 persons including the pilot, and are allowed to advertise these flights. Whilst it is illegal for pilots to make any profit, it is possible for them to share the direct costs of the flight.
Following the EASA Charter
We are proud to have signed a Safety Charter with the EASA. This Charter has been developed in cooperation with the European Aviation Safety Agency in order to promote the safety of non-commercial General Aviation flights in light aircrafts. By signing this Charter Wingly makes the commitment to adhere to its principles, responsabilities and values.
Pilot checklist for Wingly passenger handling
The European Aviation Safety Agency has built a Pilot checklist on the necessary steps for pilots to follow when communicating to passengers about safety and logistics. The checklist is of interest to both pilots and passengers as it's aim is to ensure that pilots and passengers can share the flight in the safest conditions possible.
The Civil Aviation Authorities
The CAA is very supportive of Wingly’s activities, helping pilots advertise cost shared flights and promote light aviaiton. An official validation letter from the CAA addressed to Wingly specifically, assures users of its valid legal status. The CAA Order 1188 General Exception E4277, allows cost-sharing in the same way that EASA does.