It saddens me when the regulations are regurgitated without true context. As pilots, we all have access to the FARs. Luckily, here is a much better clarification and as you see, the link is on the FAA website. Good article, also it covers the NEW ruling that went into effect this very year.http://www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing ... ecause.pdf
Hi USMC! Thank you for the link and your input. The the post you are referencing as being "regurgitated with out true context" was made in 2009 by Jon Wehrenberg, (co-founder of PNP, retired now), and pilot of 35 years, and relates his interpretation of the FARs. That being said, Pilots N Paws does have a letter generated from the legal counsel of the FAA's office declaring our flights as "humanitarian" and as such, pilots who fly under our banner are eligible to claim portions of their flight expenses as a tax donation at the end of the year. The IRS has told us that in order to use our PNP 501c3, the requests for transport help must be made on the forum board and replied to here. Pilots are welcome to print those out as proof of their completed flights. It is also why we request that that once a transport is complete the initial poster needs to mark it as such and rather then delete it, we move it to a forum simply classified as "DONE".
Regarding the new legislation, we spoke at length with Air Care Alliance reps last month when Pilots N Paws co-founder Debi Boies received the Public Benefit Flying Awards in D.C. held at the Capital. The new ruling is still being formatted as to how it applies to volunteer groups. For example, as stated in the article you reference, the requirements are still being decided by specific volunteer groups. As far as PNP is concerned, we have no intentions of implementing regulations for our pilots. If you have a current pilots license you can fly rescue animals. The alternative for them is certain death which makes what our pilots do different from flying humans. We also do not have the funding to reimburse pilots for their fuel. Here is a response you might find helpful that truly explains the premise of Pilots N Paws as explained to a pilot on the forum board who was requesting monies for fuel from rescue groups. This is how our board of directors feels and every pilot is entitled to volunteer, or not, for any group they feel suits their thoughts and ideas. We always hope that pilots feel welcome here and would like to join us in fulfilling our mission statement. Thank you again for sharing your views, we all have them, and respecting others statements and information is appreciated. Below is a statement of the view of our founding members.
"The question of our volunteer pilots asking rescues and shelters for help with fuel costs was asked of us today. While we greatly appreciate the pilots who volunteer with Pilots N Paws, we do not solicit funding of any kind for assistance with fuel or flight costs. Rescues and shelters come to us because they normally cannot afford to pay for transport costs to move these animals. It has always been, and will continue to be, the policy of Pilots N Paws to offer free transportation for animals in need. It always has been and will continue to be the pilots choice to volunteer to help or not. They know if they happen to be headed for a flight for fun, vacation, the infamous burger or perhaps they just want to give back and make a flight because they love flying and animals. Our position is also somewhat different in that we will not be flying people who could possibly share costs, we are flying animals who do not have jobs to pay/donate to you.
Our BOD felt it was time for a reminder to all that Pilots N Paws is a volunteer organization and from that standpoint, we help each other when we can afford to do so and because we want to. Yes, it's expensive to fly, no doubt about that but asking for payment or donations for other organizations while using the framework of our organization is not condoned by us. We do thank everyone for your contribution to society by helping many organizations accomplish their goals."