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OpenAirplane Offers Personal Rental Plan

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Aircraft owners now can rent out their airplane when they're not using it to help subsidize their costs, OpenAirplane co-founder Rod Rakic told AVweb at Sun 'n Fun this week. "Collaborative Aircraft Rental" makes the process "simple and affordable," Rakic said. The program includes a customized insurance policy that covers the aircraft owner, and uses OpenAirplane's "universal pilot checkout" to qualify the renters. "You can rent out your home, car, or boat when you're not using it, to generate extra income," said Rakic. "Now you can do the same with your airplane." Rakic said the system will utilize an online ranking system to review both renters and owners, and the company is also working on integrating scheduling capabilities into the website.

Rakic also said the OpenAirplane network is growing, and now includes 52 locations around the U.S. with more than 180 aircraft. The program allows pilots who pass the universal checkout to rent aircraft from any of the FBOs in the network. OpenAirplane also now offers multi-engine and mountain (5,500+ feet) checkouts, he said. Regarding activity, he said, "The numbers are still small, but they're heading in the right direction. Pilots who try it give good feedback and repeat business."

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