Mike,you have let me down
I knew you would jump in on this deal and set it straight, but I didn't expectthe answer to be in the form of a 'he said she said....' I hate those deals....
here's the deal:
This is one of those deals that sucks (and I personally choose the common sense approach, and use who ever is handy) but... it is what it is...
Here is why a saftey pilot must have a medical, coincidentally, it is also why I have flown ag aircraft, banner tows, and glider tugs that were two holers, but never had a back seater:
Per 91.109 a safety pilot is a required crew member
, in my examples above a back seater would not have been a required crew member, and thus not legal in those restricted cat. a/c. It is also the reasoning behind all the 'time building' schools that load two kids in a Seminole and then send them off around the country filing IFR.... two for the price of one. Unfortunately for those kids the airlines are hip to that deal and don't put a lot of weight in that type of multi or ifr time...
Matt 7GCBC wrote:Per the below I don't see where the safety pilot must be "fully capable of acting as pilot in command" except in the case of a check ride? Is there another reg that covers this?
§ 91.109 Flight instruction; Simulated instrument flight and certain flight tests.
...civil aircraft in simulated instrument flight unless—
(1) The other control seat is occupied by a safety pilot who possesses at least a private pilot certificate with category and class ratings appropriate to the aircraft being flown.
This sentence makes the safety pilot a required crew member
As with pretty much everythig else we tend to do, nothing bad will come of any of this, unless something else bad happens first....
Take care, Rob
All of us are given sh*t in life, the smart ones grow from it...the rest fling it at each other like monkeys.