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Can an ATP give a high performance sign off?

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can an ATP give high performance or complex aircraft sign offs to a private pilot in part 91?


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  1. Kris Kortokrax on Nov 07, 2017

    No, see 61.167

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  2. Mark Kolber on Nov 08, 2017

    Problem is, most folks don’t understand 61.167(a)(2)(i). At least that’s my impression from the number of times I’ve seen questions about it in online forums over the past 25 years.

    Here’s the reg, edited a bit to highlight the operative language for this question

    61.167(a) (2) A person who holds an airline transport pilot certificate … may instruct–
    (i) Other pilots in air transportation service in aircraft of the category, class, and type, as applicable, for which the airline transport pilot is rated and endorse the logbook or other training record of the person to whom training has been given

    The key phrase is “in air transportation service.” It refers to FAA-approved Part 135 and 121 airline training programs in which both the instructor and student are part of the program. IOW, a Delta ATP is an “authorized instructor” when providing training to a Delta pilot trainees in a Delta training program. But is not a “authorized instructor” outside of it.

    For a reference, here’s the 2010 Chief Counsel Creech interpretation. https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/agc/practice_areas/regulations/interpretations/data/interps/2010/creech%20-%20(2010)%20legal%20interpretation.pdf

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