Every single aircraft in flight right now has a person on board that’s known as the “pilot in command.” Whether the aircraft is carrying one person or one hundred, there is a single pilot in command for each and every flight. This person is responsible for the airplane, and the passengers, and the safety of those on the ground. The Federal Aviation Regulations describe their role as follows:
Paint is an important component of an aircraft: it helps prevent corrosion, reduce drag, and also helps the airplane look good. Many people attribute appearance with quality or safety (even if the two aren’t related), so having a well-painted aircraft is an important part of assuring nervous passengers that the aircraft is airworthy. Plus, having great paint is a source of pride.