I was comfortable flying from the right seat in my Grumman American AA5A and would let non-pilots sit in the left seat to introduce them to flying. I was expecting to do the same in a friend's TB9, but this text gave me pause.
Given the the Socata TB9 (Tampico) is generally considered a primary trainer I was surprised to find the following in section 2 (Limitations) of the Pilot Information Manual
CREW LIMITATIONS Minimum crew: 1 pilot (1 pilot required at L.H. station)
I am confused how to interpret this.
- How is it legal for a CFI to train a "non pilot"?
- Does it mean that as long as there is a body in the left seat anyone can fly it (from the right seat?)
- What does "pilot" mean in this case in the Pilot Manual? Is "Student pilot" defined only when there is a CFI in the right seat?
I have seen placards on tandem airplanes that allow "solo flight" from one of the two positions for what I expect are CG limitations - but am baffled by the perceived limitation in this manual as-written.