Recently I got an offer to work during the incoming summer as survey pilot, but since I do not have the required hours for insurance I can not be the PIC on left seat. So they proposed to be on the right seat until getting enough experience and then switch on. Can I sign those hours on the right if the aircraft is certify for single pilot operation? How?

  • $\begingroup$ This is a legal question. You cannot expect reliable answers for that here, only personal opinions. $\endgroup$ Apr 17 '19 at 18:29
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    $\begingroup$ @TimothyTruckle questions about regulations are on topic here, such as What are the requirements for logging SIC time? (FAA) $\endgroup$
    – fooot
    Apr 17 '19 at 19:18
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    $\begingroup$ Also, I noticed you tagged "EASA regulations" so I assume that you don't care what the FAA has to say about the matter. Is that correct? $\endgroup$ Apr 17 '19 at 19:18
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    $\begingroup$ Well, I am going to work in Europe under EASA rules, for that reasons I tagged EASA regulations. But if you got some info for FAA as well could be interesting to share some light. $\endgroup$ Apr 18 '19 at 6:33
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    $\begingroup$ Are you asking if a) you can fly from the right seat with another pilot in the left seat, or b) fly solo from the right seat? $\endgroup$
    – Pondlife
    Apr 20 '19 at 17:48

I am not sure about EASA regulations but in the US you can log PIC time whenever you are the sole manipulator of the controls and properly rated to fly the aircraft. In the US there is a distinction between the legal PIC (person legally responsible for the flight) and PIC time which is the person actually flying the airplane. Since the plane is certified for only single pilot operations you can only log PIC time not SIC time and only when you are the sole manipulator of the controls. The FAA regulations for logging time can be found in FAR 61.51.


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