My employer would like me to get my Private Pilot License, and is funding the remainder of my training. The intention is to have me do my training on company time.
I am an engineer, and sit in the copilot seat of aircraft we test while collecting data. A commercial pilot actually flies, but for safety's sake, they would like me to have my private license while doing testing.
Could this potentially breach the commercial limitations of a Private Pilot license, as I am "technically" receiving compensation (my salary) while flying on company time? Or, as this salary is already being paid to me for my actual job duties, would the salary not be considered a contributing factor?
(For example, plan is to instead of working 40 hours/week, I would work 30 hours/week, and fly for 10/hrs/week)
If this would be a violation, would the solution to instead be to continue working 40 hour weeks, and accomplish those 10 hours outside of company time?