Can a private pilot use his own airplane, take pictures, and sell them?
I suppose. But what happens when you get good at it, and develop a reputation, and business just appears?Seems like you can't run a business using an airplane obviously, but if I read that right, you can take pictures for fun and accept an offer for sale if approached right? I've been in situations like that where Airliners magazine or someone wanted shots of mine from Jetphotos.net that I took while flying. Not with any intent to sell said picture at the time of taking it, of course.
You get a commercial certificate?I suppose. But what happens when you get good at it, and develop a reputation, and business just appears?
ATP decades ago. Getting to be an old timer. There is no problem I am sure of a private pilot taking pictures, it is selling them that is the tricky part.You get a commercial certificate?
It's one of those unfortunate (and potentially problematic) Chief Counsel opinions that could just as easily have (and probably should have) gone the other way, leaving the requirement for a commercial certificate for those acting as a photography platform and being paid for flying, not taking pictures.
My question is: since the photography exception to an operating certificate requires that there be no point of landing other than the departure airport, does a commercial pilot who is taking his own pictures violate the rules if he lands solo somewhere?
I guess you can tow a glider while snapping said pictures, which would be legal while snapping said photos with a PPL. You can even be compensated then with cold hard cash then, so long as you are tethered to another aircraft. Makes a lot of sense, eh?