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Curency for a safety pilot?

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Hi everyone,

My coworker was interested in tagging along as a safety pilot while I get some hood work in this weekend. He has a PPL with ASEL rating, but his 90 day landing currency has lapsed (he still has his BFR currency). Does anyone think this would be a problem? According to 91.109, the safety pilot simply must possess a private certificate with the appropriate class and category, doesn't say anything about currency (unless this statement implies current in aircraft category and class?)



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  1. Alexis Meaders on Feb 09, 2013

    As long as he is not acting as PIC it is not a problem. As a required crewmember, he must also have a current medical certificate.

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  2. Matthew Waugh on Feb 09, 2013

    The safety pilot is a required crewmember, so they must have a pilot certificate and a valid medical.

    The safety pilot does not need to act as Pilot in Command (although they can by agreement between the pilots), and so the safety pilot does not need to meet the PIC requirements (BFR, landings etc.) if they are not going to be the PIC.

    Obviously SOMEBODY must be PIC, so you need to meet the PIC requirements if your safety pilot does not.

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  3. Mark Kolber on Feb 10, 2013

    Just as a brief follow-up, Matthew, take a look at the currency requirements (90-day; BFR) you are referring to. What do they say about who needs to be current?

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