For a planned ferry flight under FAA Part 91, this is the scenario:
- Two of us, let's call us A and B (rated pilots for that airplane), want to sit in front and do the flying.
- A highly experienced pilot, C, will accompany and supervise the flight, sitting in the back seat.
- Insurance insists that C be acting PIC throughout the flight.
- At the same time, insurance has explicitly said that C can sit in the back while doing so.
This doesn't accord with C's own understanding of what is legal in an airplane that only requires one crew member. My own reading of who can be PIC doesn't say anything about where in the plane they have to sit.
So the question is: Can someone act as PIC while sitting in the back seat in a single-pilot airplane?
Relatedly, if the answer to the above is Yes:
- Suppose B is a CFI
- A manipulates the controls.
- Can all 3 pilots log PIC time?
- A is sole manipulator of the controls;
- B provides instruction;
- C is acting PIC?