Research Projects

The uberization of business aviation In Reserve

New technologies continue to arise regarding the ability to coordinate for the shared use of smaller business aircraft, in turn creating increasing pressure to provide such services to the general public, in turn creating significant conflicts between just what is – and what is not – permitted under 14 C.F.R. Part 91. Additionally, eVTOL aircraft are rapidly under development and moving to the demonstration stage, creating urban mobility solutions that can connect passengers with the business aircraft sector.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

Business aviation is a growing market and shared use of business aircraft has seen significant growth. Little is known on the impacts to commericial aviation and many legal issues arise. This study starts with a analyis of what is permitted under 14 C.F.R. Part 91, and surveys the market on current and best practices at small medium and large airports.

Approach (Describe in general terms the steps you think are needed to achieve the objective.)

Review and assessment of what shared services are permitted under 14 C.F.R. Part 91
Review of current successful shared business avaiation services.
Compilation of best practices for shared business aviation services.
Create shared services business aviation planning guide

Cost Estimate and Backup (Provide a cost estimate and support for how you arrived at the estimate.)

$250,000 and 15 month duration based on review of other similar effort ACRP projects.

Related Research - List related ACRP and other industry research; describe gaps (see link to Research Roadmaps above), and describe how your idea would address these gaps. This is a critical element of a synthesis topic submission.

Unable to locate any ACRP reports related to this topic. This could be a legal project if ACRP wanted that focus. The comes from a discussion with David T. Norton, a partner and head of the aviation practice at the law firm of SHACKELFORD, BOWEN, MCKINLEY & NORTON, LLP, in Dallas, Texas. He has an internationally recognized practice that encompasses a broad range of business aviation and regulatory issues.

Idea No. 221