Air taxi


An air taxi is a small commercial aircraft which makes short flights on demand.[1]

In 2001 air taxi operations were promoted in the United States by a NASA and aerospace industry study on the potential Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) and the rise of light-jet aircraft manufacturing.[2] Since 2016, air taxis have reemerged as part of the burgeoning field of personal air vehicles, such as passenger drones.[3]


In Canada, air taxi operations are regulated by Transport Canada under Canadian Aviation Regulation 703. The Canadian definition of air taxi includes all commercial single engined aircraft, multi-engined helicopters flown by day visual flight rules by one pilot and all multi-engined, non-turbo-jet aircraft, with a maximum take-off weight 8,618 kg (18,999 lb) or less and nine or fewer passenger seats, that are used to transport people or goods or for sightseeing.[4]

In the US, air taxi and air charter operations are governed by 14 CFR Part 135 and 14 CFR part 298 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR), unlike the larger scheduled air carriers which are governed by more stringent standards of 14 CFR Part 121.[5]

See also

Air Taxi operators


  1. ^ Merriam-Webster (2011). "Air Taxi". Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  2. ^ "SATS: A bold vision".
  3. ^ "Flying taxis are taking off to whisk people around cities" – via The Economist.
  4. ^ Transport Canada (1 December 2009). "Canadian Aviation Regulations Part VII - Commercial Air Services Subpart 3 - Air Taxi Operations". Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  5. ^ Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs). Federal Aviation Administration.