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When is student solo flight not PIC time?

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A student pilot meeting all the requirements of 61.51 (4) is always logging PIC time when flying solo.  Any exceptions? 

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  1. Ron Klutts on Aug 06, 2012

    I’m not aware of any exceptions. If a student is on a solo flight they also log it as PIC.

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  2. Wes Beard on Aug 06, 2012

    They always log PIC time assuming they have a valid solo endorsement and they are undergoing training for a pilot certificate. See 61.51(e)(4)

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  3. CFI Academy on Aug 07, 2012

    Only when the student solo flight is not legal. For example, expired student pilot certificate, medical, incorrect or incomplete endorsements etc. Other than that, it will always be PIC, if solo.

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