Ferry flying

Ferry flying is the flying of aircraft for the purpose of returning to base, delivery to a customer, moving from one base of operations to another or moving to or from a maintenance facility for maintenance, repair, and operations.[1]

A commercial airliner may need to be moved from one airport to another at the end of that day's operations to satisfy the next day's timetable or to facilitate routine scheduled maintenance; this is commonly known as a positioning flight or repositioning flight, and may sometimes carry revenue freight or passengers as local aviation regulations and airline policies allow.[2] They may also be necessary following a major weather event or other similar disruption which causes multiple cancellations across an airline's network resulting in many aircraft and crew being 'out of position' for normal operations; the 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull or the mass evacuation of US airspace following the 9/11 attacks being significant examples of this.

Ferry permitEdit

A ferry permit is a written authorization issued by a National Airworthiness Authority to move a non-airworthy civil aircraft from its present location to a maintenance facility to be inspected, repaired and returned to an airworthy state.[1]

Ferry pilotsEdit

Louise Sacchi flew single- and multi-engine planes 340 times across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, breaking several records in the process.[3]

Other notable ferry pilots include:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Crane, Dale (1997). "Ferry flying". Dictionary of Aeronautical Terms (third ed.). Aviation Supplies & Academics. p. 210. ISBN 1-56027-287-2.
  2. ^ Claiborne, Matt. "What Are Ferry Flights and Positioning Flights". aerocorner.com. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  3. ^ "Highlights of Louise Sacchi's Aviation History". The Ninety Nines. Archived from the original on 2008-05-14.

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