September 2000 Issue

This is Your Captain ...

Brief your passengers – for your own good as well as their comfort and peace of mind

As pilot-in-command you are responsible for the safety of your passengers. Although commercial operations specify that passengers be given a safety briefing, Part 91 is considerably less specific. That leaves it up to the pilot to ensure passengers are thoroughly briefed – and that includes much more than telling them how to buckle the seat belt.

The briefing should begin before entering the aircraft ramp. Have a means for positive control over your guests. Teenage boy scouts playing football on a ramp are not under positive control.

You need to ensure that your guests don’t endanger themselves, nor do they block or impede other aircraft operations, nor distract other operators, nor...

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