What is Takeoff?

TAKEOFF is a platform for pilots share empty seats and flight expenses and passion for flying in their aircraft, with passengers wanting to do the same flight. You can also request a specific flight and wait a pilot to accept.

Share the flight passion and maintenance costs with passengers.

You can post a flight travel to share empty seats of your aircraft.

You can post it’s availability to share its aircraft to a passenger flight travel.

You can go anywhere, as long you want to share it!

It’s quick and easy. You can sign up for free online and join the community of passengers and pilots today.

After creating a pilot account, the pilot’s credentials are verified by the TAKEOFF support team. Upon approval, he or she is free to publish flight-sharing posts. These posts will be seen by passengers and other pilots. The TAKEOFF search engine allows passengers to search by departure and arrival location, and time of flight. Moreover, you will be part on the pilot map, passengers can contact you by their TAKEOFF mailbox. Finally, passengers can post flight requests. So, you can also contact them if you are interessted.

The pilot is the captain on board and is free to accept or decline a booking request from a passenger.

No, flight sharing is not a form of public transportation.

Flights can be booked directly on a flight-sharing post. Should the passenger wish to address a question the pilot, before proceeding with the booking process, he or she can do so via the “question / comment for the pilot” section. Pilots can accept or decline a booking.

Yes, Since January 2014 an EU Regulation has been harmonized at the European level by the EASA Regulation 379/2014: “By way of derogation from Article 5 and 6, the following operations with other-than-complex motor-powered aircraft may be conducted in accordance with Annex VII: Cost-shared flights by private individuals, on the condition that the direct cost is shared by all the occupants of the aircraft, pilot included and the number of persons sharing the direct costs is limited to six.

Moreover, EASA published a safety charter, available here. This charter defines a code of conduct for pilot and for passengers.

The code of conduct for pilot is available here. The code of conduct for passengers is available here.

The cost per seat is calculated as follows: total flight costs (*) divided by the number of seats on the aircraft (pilot included).

This cost per passenger must be independent of the actual number of seats booked.

In order to make flight sharing simpler for passengers, we opted for a price-per-seat structure for pilots. This is also the method that will increase a pilot’s chances of finding passengers. After all, you wouldn’t ask passengers to pay for more seats than they need on a train, and this applies to aviation too.

For example: If a pilot’s flight costs are estimated at 200, and he/she can take a maximum of 3 passengers, he/she must specify a maximum amount of 50 (or less of course if the pilot wishes). If during the flight the pilot only has one passenger, he cannot ask for more than 50 , and as the pilot will pay the rest.

Another important point to consider is that the price indicated on the flight sharing post is based on an estimate of the flight costs. At the end of the flight, if the actual costs differ from the estimation, the pilot needs to adjust the share of the passenger. However, the amount charged to the passenger cannot be higher than the estimated cost first published in the flight sharing post so that the passenger has no surprises.

(*) by total flight costs we mean:

If the pilot rents an aircraft: rental costs of the aircraft, fuel and landing fees for the flight.

If the pilot owns an aircraft: fuel and landing fees for the flight.

No, it is the pilots responsibility to properly estimate travel expenses. The price published on the flight sharing post is, therefore, the maximum price for the journey, even if costs end up being greater than the pilot expected. Should the costs for the journey be lower than the price published on the post, the pilot will ask for less since EU regulations require equitable sharing between pilot and passengers.

Yes, the pilot is the captain on board and he or she, therefore, has the right to cancel or delay a flight due to weather conditions or other reasons. The pilot will keep passengers informed on the weather situation on the day of departure. In the case of cancellation of a flight, passengers will not be charged.

Yes, passengers can be cancel flights at any time. It is expected that passengers inform their pilot as soon as possible about any change of plans.

Yes, the pilot is the captain on board and therefore has the right to stop a passenger from boarding if he/she determines the passenger to be a threat to the safety of the flight or is not following instructions.

A rating system allows each pilot to review each passenger so other pilots can identify problematic passengers.

Yes, every aircraft has a liability insurance for passengers.

Today, there are more options available than ever before. Passengers can rent a car using services such as drivy.com or ouicar.com. Other possibilities include taxis or uber.com. Sometimes pilots are able to catch a ride with a passenger.

In the event of an incident you must follow the European aeronautical rules (EASA) but also write an incident report (See the following link: http://www.aviationreporting.eu)

We also invite you to visit the EASA website about flight safety promotion: https://www.easa.europa.eu/easa-and-you/safety-management/safety-promotion