Pilot in command

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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.