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What is Wingly?
Wingly is a flight cost-sharing platform focusing on France, Germany and the UK that allows pilots to split those costs directly associated with their flights with passengers who have an interest in aviation, or who simply want to get a taste of flying in a light aircraft. Our primary objectives are to promote general aviation within the UK by making this more accessible to the general public and to allow pilots to cut their flying costs whilst sharing t
Does online cost sharing have CAA approval?
At present, cost sharing is fully supported by the CAA, and, so long as a pilot abides by the strict regulations set by the CAA, there is no restriction on how a pilot advertises their flights. By advertising through Wingly, pilots are able to cost share in a highly regulated environment, ensuring no rules are broken. If you wish to for further clarification on the CAA's stance regarding Wingly, please do feel free to contact
What insurance does Wingly hold?
Whilst you will be covered by your own insurance in the unlikely event of any incident or accident occurring, all flights arranged through Wingly are covered by an additional insurance in the event that the existing insurance proves to be insufficient. This covers up to the equivalent of 1 million Euros and protects the pilot in the event of any legal action taken against themselves following an accident. The insurance certificate can be
Can clubs and schools post their trial flights under a non-cost shared basis?
Whilst cost sharing will always be the mainstay of Wingly’s operations, we have recently received permission from the CAA to offer several non-cost shared experiences (namely trial flights and vintage flight experiences) on the platform. We hope to roll this out in the very near future and would be interested in partnering with your school to advertise your trial lessons on Wingly.
How is the platform regulated?
Whilst cost sharing is legal, it is illegal for any pilot to make a profit through Wingly. We thus constantly monitor the platform for any sign of pilots attempting to do so. In order to prevent posting inflated operating costs, upon registering an aircraft to the platform, if a pilot posts an ‘above average’ cost for their aircraft, this flags up on the system and we immediately receive an email alert. An alert is also given to the pilo
How do pilots share costs?
Whilst CAA regulations state that pilots can contribute as much, or as little as they wish so long as they make some sort of contribution to the flight costs, Wingly only allows for two forms of cost sharing - fixed seat and equal cost sharing. Fixed seat - total cost of a flight is divided by the number of seats Equal - total cost of a flight is divided by the total number of occupants For example, if a 1 hour flight in a 4-seater aircra
What types of licences and medicals do you accept?
For licences we can accept PPL (A), PPL (H) and LAPLs. For medicals we can accept Class 1, Class 2 and LAPL medicals (the latter if applicable). We cannot accept NPPLs nor self-declared medicals. These must be submitted in the following forms: !(https://storage.crisp.chat/users/helpdesk/website/cf789ae98a2fd800/medica
Can I restrict which club members use Wingly?
Definitely. We would strongly encourage each CFI to approve the club/school’s pilots that wish to use Wingly - the names of each pilot who wishes to use Wingly and has been approved by the CFI to do should then be added to a document shared between the club and Wingly. If a pilot from the club/school then signs up to the platform, Wingly will ensure their name is on this list. If it is not, we will double check with the club
How can I encourage my pilots to use Wingly?
If you wish to allow your pilots to use the Wingly, we can provide a sample email and form that can be filled in by those pilots wishing to use Wingly. This will give you a summary of those pilots looking to sign up to the platform and allow you to easily accept or reject pilots’ requests to use Wingly. If you do wish to allow your club members to use Wingly, you are more than welcome to use the sample text below. Alternati
What documents do you require from pilots?
We require either scans or high quality photos of each pilot’s licence, medical and ID (either the full photo page of their passport or the front and back of their driving licence). In terms of the expiry dates of a pilot’s rating and their medical, upon uploading these to the platform the pilot must enter the expiry date of these documents. This is then cross-checked by one of Wingly’s staff members. When the expiry date of ei
How does Wingly make money?
Wingly is completely free for pilots to use, however we do charge passengers a 15% plus £10 commission on each booking made. We also have several external partners such as Bose Aviation, Diamond Aircraft, Jeppesen, Pooley’s and Total.
What costs can pilots share?
Pilots are able to share any cost directly associated with their flight. Namely, aircraft rental costs (plus fuel fees if not included), landing fees and tiedown fees.
What are the benefits to the pilots?
Wingly allows pilots to fly at a cheaper rate - this enables them to fly more often, become more proficient pilots and stay current. Those pilots who use Wingly often are able to save massively, as has been the case for this pilot who recently featured in a Flyer article! Aside from this, Wingly allows pilots to meet others and share their passion for aviation with a wide rang
How does Wingly work?
The Wingly process can be split up into several steps: A pilot signs up, uploads all the relevant documents, registers an aircraft to the platform and creates a flight Registering an aircraft Creating a sightseeing flight
What are the benefits to the club/school?
As Wingly allows pilots to fly at a much cheaper rate, we hope they will use their savings to fly more often - renting your aircraft on a more regular basis. Aside from this, some pilots may use their savings to obtain additional ratings. Seeing as many pilots look to use Wingly but are unfortunately blocked by their club, if you allow your pilots to use Wingly, you may also see new club members joining owing to the fact that yo
What types of flights can a pilot do and where can they fly?
Pilots are free to post local flights, landaways and one-way flights - the only restriction to this being that CFI-approved pilots with under 100 hours are only allowed to post local flights. Seeing as we have access to all pilots’ documents - we are aware of each pilot’s ratings and, if they try to go beyond this (i.e. post a night flight without the correct rating) they will immediately be barred and reporte
Why should I allow the club/school’s pilots to use Wingly?
Flying is hardly a cheap hobby and by allowing your pilots to use Wingly you are allowing them to halve, third or even quarter their flying costs. Whilst neither Wingly nor yourselves can tell your pilots what to do with their savings, we hope they will reinvest this back into flying, allowing them to fly more often, stay current and rent your aircraft more often. Those pilots who utilise Wingly often are able