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The Passenger Briefing

One of the great joys in flying is sharing your newfound freedom with another person. You don’t get that privilege until you earn your sport, recreational, or private pilot certificate. When you start to carry passengers, you’re handed an awesome responsibility: ensuring their safety and comfort, as well as their enjoyment of the flight. A good passenger briefing helps you accomplish this.

There are probably as many ways to give a briefing as there are pilots. I know a Cessna 172 owner who printed up a small booklet that he hands out to first-timers; it covers everything from how fast the airplane typically flies to how it got its nickname—“Murphy Brown.” New pilots should focus on the essentials of safety. As you gain experience, you can embellish your briefing based on the airplane you fly and the personalities of the people you’ll be carrying aloft with you.

» FAR 91.107 requirements

  • Pilot must ensure passengers know how to operate seatbelt.

  • The aircraft doesn't move unless each passenger's seatbelt and shoulder harnesses are fastened.

  • The pilot makes sure each passenger's seatbelt and shoulder harnesses are fastened during taxi, takeoff, and landing.