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Are You Legal To Fly In These 6 Scenarios?

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  1. 1) You're a private pilot, and you're taking a friend up for a flight. You unpack your flight bag, and realize you forgot your logbook at home. You do have your pilot certificate and medical. Can you fly?

    Private pilots don't need to carry their logbook to fly, but they do need their certificate and medical.

    Private pilots don't need to carry their logbook to fly, but they do need their certificate and medical.

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  2. 2) You got your 3rd class medical today, which also happens to be your 40th birthday. In addition to the remainder of this month, how long is your 3rd class medical valid?

    Since you're 40 on the day of your exam, your 3rd class medical is good for the remainder of this month, plus 24 calendar months (2 years).

    Since you're 40 on the day of your exam, your 3rd class medical is good for the remainder of this month, plus 24 calendar months (2 years).

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  3. 3) You want to take a friend up for a night flight to tour the city. In the past 90 days, you've logged 4 night touch-and-go landings and 2 night full-stop landings in your plane. Can you take your friend on the flight?

    To meet night takeoff and landing experience (61.57(b)), you need to make at least 3 takeoffs and 3 landings to a full stop between 1 hour after and 1 hour before sunrise. Since you've only performed 2 night landings to a full stop, you're not night current to carry passengers.

    To meet night takeoff and landing experience (61.57(b)), you need to make at least 3 takeoffs and 3 landings to a full stop between 1 hour after and 1 hour before sunrise. Since you've only performed 2 night landings to a full stop, you're not night current to carry passengers.

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  4. 4) You've been hired as a ferry pilot, and you'll be delivering aircraft all over the country. What's the lowest class medical certificate you need for the job?

    To operate as a commercial pilot, you'll need at least a 2nd class medical certificate.

    To operate as a commercial pilot, you'll need at least a 2nd class medical certificate.

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  5. 5) You passed your private pilot checkride today. When will you need your first flight review to continue acting as PIC?

    According to FAR 61.56, you can't act as PIC unless you've had a flight review (and endorsement) within 24 calendar months. There are a some exceptions if you get additional certificates and ratings along the way, all of which are listed under FAR 61.56.

    According to FAR 61.56, you can't act as PIC unless you've had a flight review (and endorsement) within 24 calendar months. There are a some exceptions if you get additional certificates and ratings along the way, all of which are listed under FAR 61.56.

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  6. 6) You're taking a trip with friends, and you've asked them to split the gas cost. Can you ask them to split the tie-down and parking fees too?

    FAR 61.113 (c) allows you to split airport expenditures equally (pro-rata).

    FAR 61.113 (c) allows you to split airport expenditures equally (pro-rata).

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Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at colin@boldmethod.com.

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