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Safety Pilot Compensation

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FAA Regulations, Instrument Rating

Can a commercially rated pilot who is not a CFII be compensated while serving in the capacity of safety pilot for someone who is under the hood?

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  1. John D. Collins on May 21, 2012

    Yes.

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  2. Gary Moore on May 21, 2012

    That’s in interesting question – John – If I pay someone for a service provided in an aircraft – does that invoke any other reg?  Anything in Part 135?  Just curious….

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  3. John D. Collins on May 21, 2012

    A commercial pilot may be compensated for his services as a pilot under part 91, for example picking up and delivering an airplane or flying an aircraft for the owner operator of that aircraft with or without passengers. What they can’t do is offer an airplane along with piloting services, or a holding out. The FAA Chief Counsel has written many opinions on this subject to help a pilot determine if the flight operation has to be operated under part 135 or part 91.  You can search the site at http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/agc/pol_adjudication/agc200/interpretations/ 

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  4. Derek Schwalenberg on May 21, 2012

    A CFI can provide instruction under SIMULATED instrument conditions just not actual. It does not count for the 15 hours of instrument instruction needed for the instrument rating, but it can count towards the overall 35 hours of instrument flight time. The CFI may be compensated for providing this instruction. (Part 61)

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  5. Derek Schwalenberg on May 21, 2012

    OH but you mean commercial pilot not holding a CFI or CFII.. there is no delete button however for answers so it will remain. It is correct what I said but maybe not helping you.

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  6. Matthew Waugh on May 21, 2012

    A CFI can provide instrument instruction under actual, and may be compensated for it. They are not an authorized instructor relevant to meeting some of the requirements for training under the regulations, but there is no limitation on them providing instruction.
     
    But we digress.
     
    Commercial pilot, being paid to be a pilot, perfectly legal.

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