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Ditching the typical FBO checkout


Every general aviation pilot is used to the drill to rent a small plane from a new FBO or flight school: the ground school review, a few loops around the pattern and maybe a trip to the practice area. Now imagine doing that just once for an aircraft model, and being able to rent the first time you walk into a new FBO. That’s what the group behind OpenAirplane imagine, a fledgling network that would keep track of each pilot’s experience and recent flying time, making it easy for FBOs to check if a new renter is qualified to fly their fleet. Renters would benefit from having to do a standardized checkout just once, while insurance companies and FBOs would know renters had more than just one trip around the pattern. OpenAirplane hopes to launch later this year and would make its money by taking a cut of rental revenues from participating FBOs.