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Flight Instruction without current Medical

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Am I required to have a current 3rd class or higher medical certificat in order to receive instrument training? If not, would those hours be logged just not as PIC?

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  1. Bill Trussell on Mar 14, 2012

    Those hours under simulated instrument conditions where you were the sole manipulator of the controls can be logged as PIC.  Your CFII would have to agree to act as PIC during your training. This is not always done so you should check with him/her to gain agreement.
    The hours spent not under simulated instrument conditions would have to be logged as dual instruction only as the rules do not provide for there to be two pilots acting as PIC.
    It sounds strange but it is true.
     

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  2. Ron Klutts on Mar 14, 2012

    I believe both get to log PIC time, it’s not an issue of two pilots ACTING as PIC, the pilot can log PIC as sole manipulator and the CFI logs PIC as a CFI. Assuming of course that the pilot is rated in the category and class for the airplane they are flying then he can log it as sole manipulator and dual as well. The medical is only required to ACT as PIC

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  3. Matthew Waugh on Mar 14, 2012

    Ron is correct. You do not need a medical to log PIC under the sole manipulator of the controls clause and the CFI can log PIC under the “I am giving instruction” clause.
     
    So WHO is PIC is unrelated to who is logging PIC (in this case).
     
    As also pointed out – SOMEBODY has to be ACTING as PIC – and if you don’t have a medical it ain’t you, so best to make sure the instructor knows they are PIC and are qualified.

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