If a pilot has the opportunity to fly as an SIC in a private jet, what FAA requirements must they comply with in order to fly with passengers?


Don't know if the same rules still apply, but back in the 70s and 80s I used to fly legally as the second pilot on corporate jets with just a commercial license with IFR and multi-engine ratings. At the time I had no type ratings.


Theoretically you can fly a Boeing 747 on a Private Pilots Licence as long as you have the relevant type ratings. If you are flying passengers for profit you will then require at least a Commercial Pilots Licence.

Modern day training courses which prepare you to be the first officer or co-pilot as it were, tend to result in you holding a frozen ATPL, ie, you have done all the exams and you're now hour building in order to qualify for the licence. You will also likely have completed a Multi-Crew Co-operation course of some description, obtained your jet rating and hold any relevant Instrument Ratings. It probably depends on which provider you were choosing to apply for.

EDIT: Ah, my apologies, this post was in relation to European (EASA) guidelines (more specifically in the UK really).

  • $\begingroup$ If it were a privately operated 747 (which my question is about, not airline) then you don't even need a type rating do you? $\endgroup$ – Lnafziger Mar 18 '14 at 13:00
  • $\begingroup$ In the UK at least, you would need to be converted onto type. Else you could just step from a Cessna 152 into a Boeing 747 after getting a jet rating, and obviously if you do not know how to fly the aircraft, you're in a bit of trouble! :D $\endgroup$ – Joe Harper Mar 18 '14 at 13:03
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    $\begingroup$ In the US, no type rating is required for the SIC, however it is for the PIC. $\endgroup$ – Lnafziger Mar 18 '14 at 14:22

In general, FAR Part 61, section 55a,b outlines specific requirements for those designated as Second-in-command of Aircraft requiring more than one pilot. Section b probably covers the specific training you're curious about. See also parts 121, 125, and 135 for more specific requirements.

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