Single pilot requirements

I cant find where like for example the Citation Mustang is single pilot certified and so is the Caravan…etc…so i was wondering what are the requirements on aircraft that are single pilot certified?..



One of the requirements is to NOT have such a stupid ass, non-informative subject line like you used. If you are going to post then use a subject line that actually informs your readers of what you are going to talk about.

Oh, and welcome to FlightAware.

The requirements for single pilot certification of turbojet airframe are many, but they include:

Enhanced autopilot (TCS functions, audible advisories, etc.)

Two transponders\comms

All primary switches and circuit breakers have to be within the reach of the pilot seat

I think WX radar is required


Less than 12500# MGTOW

Some requirements have recently changed to include audible advisories of any “Master Warning” Annunciator

There’s a lot to list I would suggest searching the FAA Advisory Circulars, and also reading Part 23 and Part 25 of the FARS.

Also dig into Part 91 regs in reference to pilot certification, type ratings, currency requirements.

You can do all that and than the insurance company can say “NO WAY!!”:smiley:

Welcome to Flightaware, please don’t hesitate to as questions here. There are a lot of pilots on here that like to answer questions. I would suggest having a more specific subject line, in the future if someone searches for your topic, it makes it easier to locate it.

My step father bought his first citation a 501 SP, and after 2000 hours in the conquest and several thousand hours of aerobatic instruction as well as countless ferry flight in everything from cherokees to caravans the insurance told him NO WAY at his ripe age of 62, so the insurance underwriter wanted to meet with him personaly, what he really wanted to do was see my step dad walk across the loby with a limp or cane!! after he saw he’s in marathon shape (and he did run the hawaiian marathon two years previous) he gave him the insurance policy doesnt seem right to me but the insurance controls the industry.

So 17 years and 3000 hours of jet time his record is still flawless.

Damiross is back, and better than ever! :smiley:

Yeah, real encouraging for new members too.

First friggin question and the man gets rudely treated. :smiling_imp:

ryancessna, as Pika indicated welcome to Flight Aware. Post what you feel is right in the subject line.

Descriptive, topical titles are a good idea. Otherwise we end up with 20 threads all titled “question.” I’ve edited the title of this thread to be useful.

Thank you, mduell.

For my distracters: I am on vacation in Tennessee. I am at a motel with a slow connection. It is very frustrating to finally get the new postings listed and then have an asinine subject line like the original one here. I try to read all new postings to see if I can help - and you will have to admit I do help people most of the time, even if it isn’t in the touchy-feely method you guys prefer.

If you’re in Nashville go eat at Corkies.

You sure? The citation II SP has something like 15000+ MTGW

:open_mouth: Who goes on vacation to Tennessee? I’m suprised they even have Internet there.

(And I think you mean “detractors”. :wink:)

it’s my second favorite place to live- behind Tejas

not to mention the king air 350, its also 15,000. the deal with turbojet AC and those that are heavier than 12500 is that they require a single pilot endoursment that is obtained when you get your type rating, if a pilot doesnt have the single pilot endoursment then a right seat guy is required.
to get the endoursment for those aircraft that are available in SP its just a little more testing and little more stringent requirments on the check ride, then of course the regs to follow when flying SP

Flying Magazine article on the subject:

That gets into another can of worms… :confused:

A Part 23 certificated turbojet <12,500 lb MTGW (Maximum Takeoff Gross Weight) requires that single pilot operations be approved under the TC (Type Certificate) and listed in the Limitations Section of the AFM. Then there is Part 23 Commuter Category certification for turbojet aircraft >12,500 lb. MTGW, which also requires that single pilot operations be approved under the TC (Type Certificate) and listed in the Limitations Section of the AFM. As msh168 pointed out, there are certain aircraft/cockpit criteria that must be met in order for an aircraft to meet these certification rules.

Regarding certain Part 25 certificated aircraft such as the Cessna Citation 500,550,560, those aircraft that were certificated requiring two flight crew members. The FAA has approved a single pilot waiver program for those aircraft where if a pilot meets certain criteria and completes specified waiver program approved training, the aircraft may then be operated by that single pilot.

Clear as mud?

Wonderful article; thanks for finding it and posting the link here.

Just as a point of reference, the WWII de Havilland Mosquito type XVI bomber had a max takeoff weight of 25K pounds and was flown by a single pilot.

(It should be noted that the legendary Avro Lancaster four-engined bomber of “Dam Buster” fame was also flown by a single pilot, but it at least had a second set of controls and carried a flight engineer.)

Also of note is the SR-71 “Blackbird”, with a 172,000 lb max takeoff weight, which is also flown by a single pilot.

The Spruce Goose was a Single Pilot Aircraft.

I toured it in the spring of '79 while it was still in the Hughes hanger.

So was John Glenn’s Atlas Rocket.