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FAA Regulations, Private Pilot

I have recently lost my VFR day currency.  Tomorrow I am going to get checked out in a 172 (I have only ever flown a piper warrior). So of course there's going to be an instructor with me, but my question is can I have a passenger also since there will be an instructor in the plane? I would assume it would be okay to have the passenger if The cfi logs PIC and I log dual. 

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  1. Kris Kortokrax on Feb 27, 2014

    Don’t confuse logging PIC time with acting as PIC.

    You can log PIC time while you manipulate the controls of an aircraft for which you are rated (ASEL). You will also log dual.

    The CFI will ACT as PIC because he is current.

    No problem taking a passenger.

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  2. Mark Kolber on Feb 27, 2014

    The FAA doesn’t care whether or not you have a passenger on board during a checkout flight. The owner/operator of the airplane might or might not and the CFI/PIC might or might not. So ask them instead of us.

    I’ll disagree with Kris on one other point. The CFI will act as PIC because, all other things being equal, the owner/operator of the airplane won’t let you without the checkout.

    We sometimes get so caught up in the FAA regs we forget about basic rights of property ownership.

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  3. Kris Kortokrax on Feb 27, 2014

    Not something we would disagree on. Just something I didn’t mention. Of course the CFI would act as PIC even if the poster were current.

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  4. Mark Kolber on Feb 28, 2014

    You’re right Kris. Poor choice of words on my part. I put it that way since you said the CFI would act as PIC “because he was current.” As we both know, VFR day currency doesn’t matter on this flight in terms of who the FAA authorizes to act as PIC.

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