Here's a very niche question. If someone were to have completed their recreational or sport pilot license and be actively pursuing their private pilot license, could flight time without an instructor but with a passenger on board (allowed because the pilot in question has their sport/recreational) be logged as solo? It's a weird question with no real cause, but it was something I was thinking about and I couldn't figure it out myself.

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    $\begingroup$ Not an exact dupe, (since you don't have a PPL) but the answer to this question should answer yours: aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/23519/…. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 17, 2021 at 16:20
  • $\begingroup$ Close enough. Looks like it would be logged as PIC. $\endgroup$
    – MD88Fan
    Commented Sep 17, 2021 at 16:37
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    $\begingroup$ Solo fight time means you're the only person in the aircraft. $\endgroup$
    – user22445
    Commented Sep 17, 2021 at 16:51
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    $\begingroup$ @MichaelHall I'm not disputing your point (you are very knowledgeable) I'm just trying to focus on the exact question asked by the OP - specifically that there would not be an instructor on board, just a passenger. This eliminates the "supervised solo" aspect. $\endgroup$
    – user22445
    Commented Sep 17, 2021 at 19:47
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    $\begingroup$ @Pondlife, thanks for that. I realize I am just muddying the waters here... My INCORRECT assertion: "supervised solo" time is used to fill solo requirements. A more CORRECT summary: PIC time under the supervision of a CFI may be substituted for solo time requirements. (just ensure you don't log it as "training received"!) I think we are good now. Sorry for the confusion I introduced! $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 18, 2021 at 22:13

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No, solo means you're alone in the aircraft. 14 CFR 61.51(d) says:

Except for a student pilot performing the duties of pilot in command of an airship requiring more than one pilot flight crewmember, a pilot may log as solo flight time only that flight time when the pilot is the sole occupant of the aircraft.


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