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Old 03-14-2019, 06:35 PM   #1  
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Angry Blackbird flightsharing raises $10M

Am i losing my memory or have we already gone through these attempts with flight sharing?

These guys have been operating for a year. At first used a service called hitch" where a pilot would (maybe they would) share their flight to and from a destination; But they removed that from their site a few months ago. Now i'm not sure what they're doing with these individuals and these "commercial pilots"

If that's not wha they're doing and pairing people to actual companies with an operating certificate (like surfair and jetsuit X), I'm not even sure I understand their business model. Their CEO Rudd Davis is a complete sleaze bag from what i've been told from someone that attempted to work with him.

This company is a huge red flag, a middle finger to the rest of us earning our certificates and going through extensive training so that these very people can be SAFE.

I really don't understand why the FAA hasn't shut these people down.

I've looked through these peoples Linkedin profiles and not a single person has any background in aviation other than attempting to get their PPL.
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Old 03-15-2019, 06:12 AM   #2  
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In reading their “terms and conditions”, they acknowlwedge and state that they are not an FAA certificated air carrier but merely a “marketplace” (sounds to me like a broker). They defer to the “Third-Party Service Providers” (flight crews and/or aircraft available for lease). Hmm...
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Old 03-15-2019, 10:56 AM   #3  
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Idiots. Give 'em enough rope to hang themselves.

Soon enough they'll be under investigation for unlicensed charters, and buried by lawsuits filed by the family of crash victims who didn't realize their pilot was an amateur airborne uber driver.
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Old 04-30-2019, 04:38 PM   #4  
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bump...has anywhere heard what the FAA thinks of this?
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Old 04-30-2019, 04:48 PM   #5  
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So apparently Blackbird is just the "marketplace" for planes that are available for rental or lease, and the renters need to employ a qualified pilot to fly, conveniently located through the list of qualified pilots associated with each plane.

They also say that you can "share" available seats with other Blackbird community members, but the rules prohibit charging those additional passengers for travel.

Totally sketchy arrangement. Totally convoluted way of using Part 91 rules to do Part 135 flying. They blatantly "hold out" to the public in their advertising. Customers have no idea what they are getting into.

It won't end well.
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