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Questions Passengers Can Ask A Pilot

Passenger Rights

Aircraft accidents kill and injure passengers and pilots each year. If you are curious about your flight, you may ask a pilot certain information.

The FAA requires that a pilot will:

  • Have a seat and seat belt for you
  • A preflight safety briefing
  • Show you how to use the seat belt and operate the doors
  • How to exit the airplane during an emergency
  • Explain the location and use of survival equipment
  • File a flight plan
  • Tie down all cargo
  • Weight and balance of the aircraft

A passenger may ask a pilot:

  • Are you licensed, rated and current for this flight?
  • Have you checked the weight and balance of the aircraft?
  • Have you obtained a weather forecast?
  • Have you filed a flight plan?
  • Should I make alternative arrangements or reschedule due to bad weather?

A passenger may not ask a pilot:

  • To carry a payload beyond the weight and balance limitations of the aircraft
  • To takeoff or land at an airstrip which is less than the length required by the aircraft
  • To fly below 500? except for takeoff or landing
  • To fly into weather he or she considers unsafe or against regulation
  • To fly beyond allowable duty time limits
  • To take risks by continuing a flight for the sake of meeting one of your prior commitments

Pilots are entitled to expect passengers to:

  • Comply with their directions as to loading of the aircraft
  • Accept the nature of VFR flight and the possibility of delays or cancellation of the trip
  • Follow their instruction is the event of an emergency

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