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Reducing costs - Why Jason will always be PIC

Aviation is not that an expensive hobby, but it still has some costs, including some administrative ones. As I have a European one, I can’t fly as Pilot In Command, unless I get an FAA-issued pilot certificate. This naturally costs time and money. A cheaper option would be to obtain a so-called “validation”. This is a pilot certificate based on a foreign pilot certificate. This also costs less time and less money, but it has some costs. An indirect effect is that pilots flying with a validation must still hold a valid foreign license and medical certificate…

While my Swiss-issued JAA license is still valid, my medical certificate will expire in February. Renewing it also has its cost, particularly as I no longer live in Switzerland but in Germany. So to save some money for this project, I decided not to get a validation nor to renew my medical certificate…

As Jason is a flight instructor, I will be able to fly with him in the right seat and log the time flown as student pilot, but there will be no way I could fly as Pilot In Command myself. This mission has however nothing to do with flying solo for fun, or increasing my PIC time. Any dollar saved is good and means more money to donate in the end. This is not an easy decision to make as pilot, but it’s the good one for our project.

One Response to “Reducing costs - Why Jason will always be PIC”

  1. Axel Says:

    Yeah, you’re right, that saves you the hassle of having to validate your JAA license. Good call. :) …and you should still be able to log your flight time as dual instruction received under Part 61. That’s gonna be a whole lot of logged cross country time! :) And the upside is as long as the flight time is logged as dual instruction you will both be able to log all the flight time. You can log it as dual instruction received and Jason can log the time as flight instructor. If you were to log time as PIC Jason would not have been able to log that time for himself, so I guess we could call that the silver lining of this strategy. :)

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