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I saw a couple of posts saying that PIC means the 'sole operator of the controls'. This is not correct. A flight instructor giving instruction to a student is usually the PIC. Use the FAR Part 1 Definition below:
Pilot in command means the person who:
(1) Has final authority and responsibility for the operation and safety of the flight;
(2) Has been designated as pilot in command before or during the flight; and
(3) Holds the appropriate category, class, and type rating, if appropriate, for the conduct of the flight.
FAR 61 Does say that Pilot in Command time is logged when you are the sole manipulator of the controls but it goes on later to say that an authorized instructor may log as pilot-in-command time all flight time while acting as an authorized instructor.
As an aside, you can log solo time according to FAR 61 when you are the sole occupant of the airplane but, as stated above, there really isn't any point.
[This message has been edited by ritcheypilot (edited 11-18-2003).]