Use of a non-AOC operated aircraft
7.1 Unfortunately, there is a temptation on the part of private operators to seek to make use of slack time in the aircraft’s operations by making the aircraft available for operation for hire and reward and thereby accepting payment, in cash or in kind, for the carriage of passengers and/or cargo. Such operations, if they involve the operator receiving payment (or other valuable consideration or benefit) other than in the circumstances outlined above, are illegal. Not only does the operator run the risk of prosecution, which could lead to a substantial fine and/or imprisonment for up to 2 years, but also the insurance on the aircraft is likely to be rendered invalid in the event of an accident.
7.2 A private (general aviation) aircraft, even if it has the benefit of an approval under article 134 of the Order, may not therefore be operated for commercial air transport purposes unless the operator holds an AOC.