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does a CFI who is acting PIC need to meet 3 TO/L (61.57) to carry only a student pilot?

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IOW, does a student pilot (whether he can act as PIC or not) count as a passenger in an instructional flight? Thank you.

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    Mark Kolber on Jul 25, 2016

    The FAA Chief Counsel issued two letters of interpretation that say no. Neither a trainee nor a CFI are considered to be a passenger on an instructional flight.

    The 2006 Kortokrax (out own Kris) Interpretation applies to certificated pilots http://bit.ly/2alFuGc

    The 2007 Olshock Interpretation applies to student pilots http://bit.ly/2alFvd3

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