Last week, the FAA issued a two-year renewal for Exemption 7897, more commonly known as “NBAA’s small aircraft exemption,” which permits NBAA members operating small aircraft “to take advantage of flexibility usually available only to operators of larger, turbine-powered airplanes,” the association said.
Available only to NBAA members, the exemption specifically allows operators of piston-powered airplanes, small turbine airplanes and rotorcraft to use, among other provisions, “limited cost-reimbursement for certain flights, as allowed under FAR Part 91 Subpart F.” The small aircraft exemption thus allows companies to recoup a portion of the associated costs when transporting a guest on the company aircraft or for the use of the aircraft by employees of a subsidiary company. It also applies to the use of time-sharing, interchange and joint-ownership agreements.
Without this exemption, the cost-sharing options available under Part 91F are available only to aircraft with an mtow of more than 12,500 pounds; multi-engine jets, regardless of size; or fractional program aircraft. The renewal is valid until March 31, 2015, and is not altered from previous exemptions, according to NBAA. However, the exemption does not apply to Part 135 operations or to fractional operators.