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Compensation for Atmospheric Research in an Experimental...

Posted By:
Steve Stearns
IAC Member
#1 Posted: 4/1/2011 11:50:41


I would like to know what requirements must be met in order to be fairly compensated for collecting atmospheric data (for research) in an experimental?  I'm aware of:

91.319 states:
(a) No person may operate an aircraft that has an experimental certificate—
(1) For other than the purpose for which the certificate was issued; or
(2) Carrying persons or property for compensation or hire

However, I'm also aware of the fact that there are numerous examples of scientific research being carried out by pilots (who were compensated) in heavily modified or experimental aircraft.  The two that come to mind are Tim Crawford (rip, not aviation related) with his custom LongEz derivative N3R and Bruce Miller (rip, also not aviation related) who was a contract glider pilot for NOAA (whom you may have seen in the IMAX film "Storm Chasers".)

Thanks in advance for thoughtful replies,