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Different plane check out?

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The only plane I've flown is a Piper Warrior 160hp. I am going to fly with a friend in his Cherokee 180. If I wanted to fly the Cherokee could I log the time or do I need to get checked out by a CFI?

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  1. Wesley Beard on Jan 10, 2011

    Almost all of the time, the insurance requirements are more stringent than what the FAA regulations require.
    Checkouts are a good thing and are required by the insurance to fly the 180 solo.  If you fly with your friend, you can log all the time in which you were the sole manipulator of the controls whether you had a checkout or not.
    The FAA regulations don’t care if you have a checkout as long as you meet the “very gracious” recency of experience requirements and are appropriately rated.

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  2. skyboyCFI on Jan 23, 2011

    Insurance requirements have nothing to do with the question. A pilot rated for SE airplane, can fly any SE airplane, as long as the airplane doesn’t require an endorsement or type rating. If the aircraft has these extra limitations, for example a tail wheel or type rating requirement, you can still fly and log pic without the endorsement or type rating if you’re with an acting pic that is qualified. Otherwise you need the endorsements or type rating. Also consider if the AC is high performance or Complex. But the nice thing is, if you don’t have proper endorsements, you can still fly and log if you go up with a qualified pilot who ‘acts’ as pic, you pic manipulator of controls. See FAA legal opinion via link below….


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  3. Kent Shook on Jan 24, 2011

    The simple answer: Yes, you may log the time. See FAR 61.51(e)(1)(i). As you are rated for the Cherokee 180 (category and class – Airplane Single Engine Land) you may log the time as PIC via the aforementioned regulation.
    That interpretation skyboy linked to shows that there is an important distinction between acting as PIC and logging PIC. It should also be made clear and agreed upon before the flight that your friend is the acting PIC and responsible for the flight, which should avoid any insurance issues.
    If your friend wants to let you fly the plane on your own, then maybe a checkout is appropriate – And make sure you get put on his insurance policy as named insured as well. (“Named pilot” is not enough – That covers your friend when you are flying, but his insurance company could still come after you for the $$$ after they pay your friend.) But, again, that’s irrelevant if he’s aboard and acting as PIC.

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