[Fourth Branch] Regulating Planesharing: Flytenow and the FAA

Flytenow, founded by Alan Guichard and Matt Voska, was a ridesharing platform for small planes. Hailed as the “Uber of the Sky,” Flytenow aimed to serve as an online bulletin board to connect pilots of small planes with those willing to offset the pilots’ costs. However, the FAA deemed the online nature of Flytenow to be impermissible and Flytenow was unable to take flight. Learn the story of Flytenow in this Fourth Branch video.

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Related Links:

Free Lunch Podcast: “”Uber of the Sky”: The Story of Flytenow”

Free Lunch Podcast: “Can Government Regulation Keep Pace with Emerging Technology?”

Flytenow Blog



Alan Guichard
CFO and Co-Founder, Flytenow, Inc.


Christopher Koopman
Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Technology Policy Program, Mercatus Center


Jonathan Riches
Director of National Litigation, Goldwater Institute


Gregory S. McNeal
Professor of Law and Public Policy, Pepperdine University


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