Aircraft operator (FAA)
Aircraft operator means a person who uses, causes to be used, or authorizes to be used an
aircraft, with or without the right of legal control (as owner, lessee, or otherwise), for the
purpose of air navigation including the piloting of aircraft, or on any part of the surface of
an airport. In specific parts or sections of this subchapter, “aircraft operator” is used to
refer to specific types of operators as described in those parts or sections.