So as to avoid hijacking another thread I am moving this post. I have a series of questions to start the dialogue of what is expected from the people who fly with us.
At what point do you as PIC want your passengers (not pilot rated) to provide flight related information? Do you have them call traffic? Do you have them inform you if they can see something wrong with the airplane? Are they ever allowed to touch or take the controls? Do you pre-brief them on their duties in flight? Are they expected to be self loading luggage and you as PIC will handle ALL flight related issues/events?
First of I fly a 1960 Champ 7EC. I pre-brief each flight and discuss with the passengers what our flight plan is. I brief the rout of flight, which may be as simple as “We are heading down the Kenai towards Lake XYZ and will fly around the area looking for moose, to specific rout of flight including leg time, fuel burn, frequency plan, divert airfields, and emergency airfields enroot - including which ones do or do not have emergency services. This all depends on what type of flight I am on. I discuss emergency procedures including engine failures and what I am going to do in three different phases of flight, takeoff, enroot, and landing. I talk about bird strikes and the procedures for calling birds & airplanes (high/level/low factor/no factor). I also inform them that there are two commands that are absolutely mandatory for the pilot to comply with - “Wave off” and “Hold” – on the ground. I brief the emergency equipment where it is, how to get to it and how to use it. My closing line is “If you see, hear, smell, taste (carry over from military flying) anything that you don’t know or you think might be flight related let me know and we will talk about it and determine what to do – its your life too”. I then expect that the passenger to execute these duties in flight.
What do you do and when is passenger input too much?