1. The pilot is the “commander”, i. e. the responsible person on board.
The pilot is the only one person capable to pass decisions on the flight and the aircraft.
The presence of other persons on board may not influence the pilot when palling the flight because he/she is the only person to fly the aircraft safely. The passengers must always be informed of a possible cancellation of the flight.
2. The pilot must always consider the weather conditions.
Bad weather is the primary cause of accidents endangering light aeroplanes during general, non-commercial flights.
The weather conditions may change rapidly, so the pilot may cancel the flight.
On the day preceding the flight, the pilot informs the passenger of the weather forecast and the potentiality of the flight.
On the day of the flight, the presence of the passengers and their requirements may not prevent the pilot from cancelling the flight.
3. The pilot may instruct the passengers on board.
For any reason (safety or operation), the pilot may instruct the passengers without argumentation any time.
4. Any amount of flight costs to be shared may arise in connection with the planned flight only.
The EU’s safety regulation permits the sharing of the flight related costs among private persons only, if the direct costs (e. g. in relation with the direct costs, as fuel, airport fees, leases, etc.) are divided between all participant, including the pilot.
The common flights may not produce profit.
If a flight is not a flight shared cost complying with the EU’s safety regulations, then the flight qualifies as a commercial one and the rules of the commercial air law apply.
5. The pilot informs the passengers of the type of the aircraft they fly.
Before the flight, the pilot shall always denote the type of aircraft used to the shared cost flight. Any time, if the type or model of the aircraft changes, the pilot shall inform the passengers of such changes.
6. The pilot is responsible for his/her passengers’ insurance and safety.
Beside the exclusive responsibility of the pilot, the shared cost flights are subject to the regulations elaborated for the light vehicles for non-commercial flights.
Furthermore, the pilot’s job and responsibility to transport passengers insured.
7. The pilot informs the passengers that e. g. no lavatory, WC and buffet are available on board.