Training and Safety Tip: No Sump

Giving people training on how their avionics work in flight seems uncomfortably close to giving in flight training whether you get paid or not. You must be very careful to obtain agreement from the trainee that this is not “in-flight training” according to the FAA. A lawyer might even suggest doing it in writing. And make sure there’s nothing in the other pilot’s flight log (or yours) to suggest that flight training was given or received. Getting paid to act as a safety pilot (on whatever terms you might agree to) is also too close to crossing the line for comfort without a commercial pilot’s certificate in your pocket. All things considered, it would be a good idea to get your commercial pilot and flight instructor certificates if you really want to. Join the discussion >

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