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US Supreme Court Denied Flytenow Review, The Uber Of Air Passenger Travel
 
 
January 11, 2017 – On Monday, the United States Supreme Court after reviewing an order by a lower court (an order of certiorari), denied any further action (Certiorari Denied) in the case of Flytenow Inc.V.FAA. This means that the lover court order by United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit stands.

Flytenow Inc. is a web-based company that took on a similar business model of Uber, by supplying the general public a cheaper way to travel by aircraft by linking private pilots with consumers.

When the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) learned of Flytenow activities it issued the company a Letter of Interpretation which indicated their activities were in violation of FAA regulations.
 
The letter went on to state that expense sharing is compensation a commercial activity and because of that the company needed to be a licensed carrier, it pilots also needed to be commercial and or ATP pilots and not private pilots. A similar letter went out to AirPooler Inc. two years earlier offering alike services. Flytenow Inc. challenged its position in court and lost the case. The company then filed a review with the United States Supreme Court.

Jon Riches and attorney who represented Flytenow said, “The Supreme Court missed an opportunity today to correct an error made by the FAA and lower courts that will now deprive millions of Americans of a unique, convenient, and affordable travel option.”

“What’s more, the court could have offered direction to lower courts that protects the First Amendment rights of people using other sharing economy platforms, like Uber and Airbnb. Hopefully the FAA will reverse its position on this issue, and hopefully the court will decide in another case to examine the important constitutional issues raised.”

Matt Voska, a co-founder of Flytenow said “We are disappointed with the court’s decision this morning and we will be continuing our efforts in Congress to overturn the FAA’s ban on online flight sharing.”
 

 

 

 
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