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OpenAirplane Adds Eight Outlets

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OpenAirplane, a network of aircraft rental places, has added eight new outlets, including one in Alaska. In an interview with AVweb at AirVenture 2013, co-founder Rod Rakic said thousands of pilots have registered for the unique program, in which they take a single checkride in the aircraft of their choice and that checkride is valid for renting aircraft of the same type at any of the participating rental businesses. "We think we've really created a new way to rent airplanes and a better way to use your pilot certificate," said Rakic.

Normally if pilots are traveling or visiting another area, they have to have a checkride before a business will rent them one of their aircraft. With OpenAirplane, qualified instructors at any of the current 14 bases can conduct the checkride and the credentials are accepted by any of the other businesses in the system. Rakic said the checkrides are done to the standards of the private certificate flight test, which is more thorough than a biennial flight review and also counts as a BFR. As they rent airplanes, pilots build a portfolio with OpenAirplane and those they do business with can comment on their experience, much like eBay keeps a log of transaction comments about those who buy and sell on the site.

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