Fingerlakes Area Pilots
Another question is whether your club's insurance allows for provision of such flights to non-members. You might want to review your policy or speak with your insurer about that.
As for FAA regulations, as long as it is conducted as a Discovery Flight, I see no problem with it. In order to be such a flight, it must be conducted by a CFI who holds Commercial/ATP and CFI certificates, and the trainee is provided with a logbook documenting the training IAW 61.51 and 61.189(a). See this legal interpretation for details.
Hello Jim. Steve Bateman here, AOPA Director of Flying Clubs. I’ve pondered your post and have come to the conclusion that, like many things in aviation, it is a probable maybe!
I see many moving parts here – the fact that it is a non-profit flying club (rather than a commercial operator), whether you operate from a publicly funded airport, whether this is compensation-in-kind, whether the aircraft had a 100-hour inspection in the previous 100-hours of use, and so on. I’d be pleased to discuss this more with you at your convenience. (301 695 2356).
Also, if you are a member of AOPA Pilot Protection Services (https://pilot-protection-services.aopa.org/), please feel free to call in and discuss this with one of AOPA’s lawyers. (800 872 2672).
Also, the amendment:
As I mentioned, there are many circumstances to consider - no "one-size-fits-all", so suggest people call in to AOPA PPS.