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OpenAirplane is Zipcar for Pilots

OpenAirplane launched a new service for plane rentals – so get your wings ready! To borrow an airplane, you’ll have to take a flight test, but that means you’ll be able to rent from any of their locations: New York, LA, Chicago, San Jose, Kissimmee, or Detroit. Your flight credentials lets you reserve an airplane online or with the OpenAirplane app.

Co-Founder Rod Rakic told Mashable:

My co-founder and I are both pilots, we’ve both been renters. We know it kind of sucks that when you leave your home base, your pilot certificate and your credentials turn off, because when you don’t have rental privileges, it takes half a day and hundreds of dollars to turn those credentials back on.


The airplanes are actually listings like Airbnb – owned by pilot schools and rental companies. Anyone can list an airplane for free and OpenAirplane keeps a portion of the rental revenue. Have an airplane you want to rent? Visit their site.

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