Basic Med Safety Pilot logging time
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If there are two basic med private pilots flying for IFR currency, one under the hood and the other acting as safety pilot, who logs time for PIC and total time?  Let's say it's a two-hour flight with 1.5 simulated instrument.  Thanks.

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Under the current rules, with two Basic Med pilots, the safety pilot must be acting as PIC.  That means the safety pilot must be fully qualified to be PIC, including flight review, landings for passengers, any applicable 61.31 additional training endorsements (complex, etc.), and IFR currency if he flight is conducted under IFR.  The safety pilot logs PIC time for all the time the pilot flying is under the hood, but nothing else – no landings, no approaches, no instrument time.

The pilot flying logs PIC time for the entire flight, simulated instrument time for all the time under the hood, as well as all approaches and landings flown.

BTW, since the safety pilot is the PIC, for the financial protection of all concerned, they'd better make sure that safety pilot meets all PIC requirements in the aircraft owner's insurance policy or the policy will be null and void for that flight.

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Thanks.  Is that different than if both pilots have 3rd class medicals?  I think that's how we logged the time before Basic Med.

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If you both have 3rd Class, either can be PIC as long as that one is fully PIC-qualified as listed above.  As for logging…

If the pilot flying acts as PIC, then the pilot flying logs everything as PIC time with all the events and the safety pilot logs SIC time (and none of the events) while the flying pilot is hooded and nothing while the flying pilot is not hooded.

If the safety pilot acts as PIC, then the pilot flying logs everything as PIC time with all the events and the safety pilot logs PIC time (but none of the events) while the flying pilot is hooded and nothing while the flying pilot is not hooded.

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Thanks.