PALS has petitioned, and received, an exemption from the FAA to allow for fuel reimbursement to volunteer pilots performing flights on behalf of Patient AirLift Services, in support of patients accessing medical care – Compassion flights are NOT eligible for reimbursement. However, the repositioning legs necessary for passenger pick-up and returning to your home airport are reimbursable under the latest exemption.
In order for a PALS Command Pilot to qualify for the Fuel Reimbursement privileges, there are additional criteria that must be met as set forth by the FAA. While some basic criteria are outlined below, please CLICK HERE to review the complete exemption as provided by the FAA.
Pilot Requirements for Fuel Reimbursement:
Requirements for single engine operations exceed PALS basic Command Pilot requirements for total and PIC time. The following requirements now apply to ALL fuel reimbursement pilots (single engine, multi-engine, and turbine).
- Pilots must have a minimum total time of 500 hours, with no less than 400 hours as PIC, and a minimum of 50 hours in the specific make and model of the aircraft being flown.
- A 2nd class medical certificate (per §§ 61.23(d)(2)(i) and 61.2)
- Within the preceding 12 calendar months, an instrument proficiency check (IPC) meeting the requirements of § 61.57(d). The IPC must be conducted in accordance with the Instrument Rating Practical Test Standards or Airman Certification Standards. This requirement can be substituted by a FAA practical test for an ATP certificate or instrument rating.
- A current flight review (per § 61.56(a)) in the same aircraft category, class, and type (if a type rating is required) being flown.
- Successful completion of annual ground training program developed in accordance with the FAA Exemption
- Courses are available online at no cost to you and can be taken at your convenience. The certificates of completion should be emailed to email@example.com All three courses must be completed annually.
Aircraft Requirements for Fuel Reimbursement:
- Must have a Standard Airworthiness certificate
- Must be inspected and maintained in accordance with 14 CFR part 91 Subpart E, 14 CFR part 43, or other inspection programs approved by the FAA.
- A copy of the aircraft logbook entry for the most recent annual inspection of any aircraft used to conduct flights under this exemption must be on file with PALS.
To Get Qualified:
The following documents must be on file before your flight in order to qualify:
- Current 2nd Class Medical
- Current Flight Review
- IPC within preceding 12 calendar months
- Logbook entry for aircraft annual
- Certificates of completion for training courses (required annually)
- Single Pilot IFR
- Public Benefit Flying
- PALS FR Training
Documents can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
The distance to be reimbursed is calculated via Airnav for your full trip (home base > passenger pick-up > passenger drop-off > home base), 15% will be added to your trip distance to account for vectoring and additional fuel burn.
Reimbursement rates are frequently reviewed and subject to change. Current reimbursement rates are:
$.30/mile for single engine aircraft
$.45/mile for multi-engine aircraft
Reimbursements can be issued after all pre and post mission paperwork is submitted – this includes, passenger waivers, pilot affirmation, weight & balance, post mission report, and application for reimbursement.
Reimbursement requests should be sent to email@example.com