Safety Pilot

The term “Safety Pilot” is not defined in the Air Navigation (Isle of Man) Order 2015, as amended.   

This page formalises the definition of a Safety Pilot and to specify key requirements of a Safety Pilot operating on an Isle of Man registered aircraft.

The content of this page can be found in RL4 IOMAR Briefing Sheet for Safety Pilots. Download a copy here.

A Safety Pilot is required on single pilot certified aircraft, where the PIC has been medically assessed as being unfit for solo flying, but fit to fly with a Safety Pilot. 

This limitation is added to a medical certificate when a pilot is considered to be at increased risk of incapacitation compared to his/her peer group. The holder of the medical certificate is precluded from solo flying and always has to fly with a Safety Pilot.

A Safety Pilot is a pilot holding an appropriate Isle of Man issued validation who is current and qualified to act as Pilot In Command (PIC) on the class/type of aeroplane and carried on board the aircraft operated by a pilot who has been assessed as being unfit for solo flying but fit to fly with a Safety Pilot.  The Safety Pilot must not have an OML or OSL on their medical certificate.

Whilst the Safety Pilot is part of the constituted crew, they do not perform any function during the flight, unless the PIC becomes incapacitated.  The aircraft must have dual controls and the Safety Pilot must be sat at one set of controls. Unless the Safety Pilot has to take over the controls the Safety Pilot is supernumerary and therefore cannot logged hours as flying time.

Before each flight the PIC who requires a Safety Pilot should inform the Safety Pilot that he/she is required to fly with a Safety Pilot. 

NOTE: No details of the medical condition need be given, but the Safety Pilot should be given sufficient information to make him/her aware of the type of problem that could occur during the flight.