David Schweikert

California-based flight-sharing company must remain closed, federal court rules

A California-based flight-sharing company that offered an online service to connect private pilots with the traveling public must remain closed under a recent federal court decision that restricts Uber-like service in the skies.

The ruling late Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upholds a Federal Aviation Administration decision in 2014 to shut down Flytenow Inc., a start-up that adapted the methods of Uber and Lyft, the app-based ride-share companies, to air travel.

A panel of three justices agreed with the FAA's position that pilots who offered flights on the company's website amounted to unregulated air carriers and had to comply with...