When flying with another pilot, be sure to have a discussion and come to an agreement about who will be acting as pilot in command of the aircraft. Do this before beginning a flight. We have found that there are many times when pilots will assume that the other pilot is the pilot in command, maybe because of the informality of the flight or the friendship between the two pilots or because one or the other pilot may be a flight instructor. It’s only after the flight that it may come out that one pilot wasn’t current or didn’t have a medical certificate or was thinking the flight was for another purpose and those assumptions are aired and a disagreement ensues. Avoid an unnecessary problem – address it up front.
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