Aviation Roles


  • Everyone has their role to play
  • Responsibilities overlap in many instances
    • Where this occurs, it is expected that both parties fulfill their responsibilities
  • Common parties include:
    • Pilot-in-Command
    • Air Traffic Control

Pilot-In-Command (PIC):

  • The PIC of an aircraft is directly responsible for, and is the final authority as to the safe operation of that aircraft
    • NOT ATC!
    • Therefore there shall only be one acting pilot-in-command at any given time
  • In an in-flight emergency requiring immediate action, the pilot in command may deviate from any rule of this part to the extent required to meet that emergency
  • Each pilot in command who deviates from a rule as stated above shall upon the request of the Administrator, send a written report of that deviation to the Administrator
  • No person may operate an aircraft that is type certificated for more than one required pilot flight crew-member unless the pilot in command meets the requirements of FAR 61.58
  • No person may assault, threaten, intimidate, or interfere with a crew-member in the performance of the crew-member's duties aboard an aircraft being operated
  • The decision to abandon aircraft should be tempered by the pilot's responsibility for the safety of lives that may be endangered by subsequent flight of a pilotless but controllable aircraft
  • It is the responsibility of the pilot/crew to aviate, navigate, and communicate, in that priority, throughout all aspects of both routine and unusual circumstances

Second-In-Command (SIC):

  • Airplanes that require at least two pilots, either by type certification or operation, require someone to fly as Second in Command
  • Certification is governed by FAR 61.55

Aviation Mechanic Technician:

  • Aviation mechanic technicians is a general term for aircraft mechanics
  • Ratings include Airframe (A), Powerplant (P), and both (A&P)

Air Traffic Controller:

  • Responsible to give first priority to the separation of aircraft and to the issuance of radar safety alerts, second priority to other services that are required, but do not involve separation and the third to additional services to the maximum extend possible