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How to build hours as a FO

Forgive me if this has been covered and I just didn’t find it.
One thing I don’t quite understand as of yet is how a FO builds PIC time. When you’re flying as a FO are you getting any credit for hours flown when you’re not technically PIC?


A First Officer cannot build PIC time, they build second in command time instead. The flight time as an FO of course counts towards your total flight time. To build PIC time you will need to upgrade to captain at an airline.


Thanks for that info Chris. Good to understand the hours still counting towards TT but just not counting as PIC.

Hours definitely always count, just PIC jet time is certainly more valuable than other time.