AirPooler is Lyft for Private Airplanes
“Law prohibits private pilots from profiting from passengers so you only pay for your share of the cost of the flight plus a 20 percent fee to AirPooler”
UH, THE PILOTS _ARE_ PROFITING FROM PASSENGERS, ARGUABLY.
The Federal Aviation Administration also bars private plane pilots from advertising flights, which is why AirPooler is careful to never promote any specific flights.
THIS IS STARTING TO READ LIKE A PRESS RELEASE, TECH-CRUNCH!
It’s hired as its general council the former assistant chief council of regulation of the FAA to make sure it doesn’t break the law.
ALTHOUGH OF COURSE IT’S ENTIRELY POSSIBLE THAT AIRPOOLER WILL BE FOUND TO BE OUTSIDE OF THE REGULATIONS – OF COURSE HIRING ANY PARTICULAR PERSON DOESN’T CHANGE THIS FACT. ALSO, “assistant chief council” SHOULD BE “COUNSEL,” AS THE DUDE COUNSELS PEOPLE – THAT’S HOW YOU REMEMBER THE DIFFERENCE
So why the hell would you want to get in a stranger’s airplane? Because the alternatives, namely driving and commercial air travel, can be a nightmare.
OF COURSE CRASHING AND BURNING CAN BE A GENERAL AVIATION “NIGHTMARE” AS WELL, RIGHT?
It says to fly from Palo Alto to Tahoe using AirPooler it would take about an hour and cost $50.
ABOUT AN HOUR _AND SOMETHING_, MORE CORRECTLY, RIGHT?
Fifty-five percent of pilots in a small survey in Boston said they’d even add additional flights to take AirPooler passengers.
UH, THIS IS STARTING TO SOUND LIKE AN AIR TAXI TO ME
Lewis admits the core challenge will be gaining consumer mind share and convincing them AirPooler is safe and simple, which it might not be.
WELL, HOW REFRESHING. YES, GENERAL AVIATION ISN’T ALL THAT SAFE, INDEED. PLUS FIVE FOR GRYFFINDOR!
Luckily, prop planes are relatively safe compared to other transportation methods, and the planes can glide back to the ground in case of an engine failure.
WTF? MINUS 20 FOR GRYFFINDOR HOUSE! PROP PLANES ARE ABSOLUTELY NOT SAFE COMPARED WITH OTHER TRANSPORTATION METHODS. IN MOST GA MISHAPS, THE AIRPLANE AINT “GLIDING” WHEN IT TOUCHES GROUND. GENERAL AVIATION IS AT LEAST AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE _LESS_ SAFE THAN DRIVING ON THE FREEWAY*
Still, accidents are most common with pilots with fewer than 100 hours of experience.
WRONG! IRL, ACCIDENTS ARE MORE COMMON WITH PILOTS WITH _MORE_ THAN 100 HOURS OF EXPERIENCE.
As more of our formerly prized possessions like albums and photos get digitized, society is putting a higher and higher value on experiences.
ALL RIGHT, THAT’S MOST OF IT.
*OF LOVE, IN A PINK CADILLAC.