Pilot in command

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PILOT IN COMMAND- The pilot responsible for the operation and safety of an aircraft during flight time.

(Refer to 14 CFR Part 91.)

Further

The pilot in command of an aircraft is directly responsible for, and is the final authority as to, the operation of that aircraft.

The Pilot in Command (PIC) is a function of a member of an aircraft crew that is referenced numerous times in the Federal Aviation Regulations.

  • FAR §91.3 defines the responsibility and authority of the pilot in command of an aircraft.
  • Several FARs give the PIC the responsibility of policing the activities of others onboard the aircraft: §91.21, §91.525.
  • FARs §91.107, §91.183, §91.519 make additional demands of the PIC.
  • FAR §61.57 specifies currency requirements to serve as pilot in command of an aircraft carrying passengers.
  • FAR §61.113 specifies Private pilot privileges and limitations: Pilot in command
  • AIM sections 5-5-1b and 6-1-1 reiterate the PIC's responsibility and authority.