Define Owner/Operator

by Chuck Coyne
(San Dimas, CA)

As the Pilot in Command of an aircraft rented from an FBO, am I considered the operator, or is the FBO who owns the aircraft the Owner/Operator?

ANSWER: They are the owner/operator, but you are also the operator. FAR 1 defines the word “operate.” You will find the answer to your question in that definition.

Operate. With respect to aircraft, means use, cause to use or authorize to use aircraft, for the purpose of air navigation including the piloting of aircraft, with or without the right of legal control (as owner, lessee, or otherwise).

Return to FAA Regulation Questions.

Share this page:
Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.