WSOs Logging Flight Time for FAA Requirements

The FAA’s regulation spelling out loggable flight time is 14 CFR 61.51; this allows WSOs to log F-15E and other military aircraft time and apply that time towards their civilian aviation goals. Each flight must be properly documented; 14 CFR 61.51 covers the required data for logging flight time.

WSOs without a Multi-Engine Rating

You may log F-15E flight time as dual time when you are the sole manipulator of the controls while flying with an IP. The IP needs to sign your logbook entry for instruction given. You may not log PIC time or SIC time. We highly recommend F-15E WSOs get their multi-engine private or better to take full advantage of the opportunities the government has provided.

WSOs with a Multi-Engine Private, Commercial, or ATP Rating

You may log F-15E PIC time when you are the sole manipulator of the controls, you do not have to fly with an IP.

14 CFR 61.51.e
(e) Logging pilot-in-command flight time.
(1) A sport, recreational, private, commercial, or airline transport pilot may log pilot in command flight time for flights-
(i) When the pilot is the sole manipulator of the controls of an aircraft for which the pilot is rated, or has sport pilot privileges for that category and class of aircraft, if the aircraft class rating is appropriate;

Logbook Requirements

You may fly the time, but it doesn’t count until it is properly documented for the FAA. The FAA wants date, total time flown, location, type aircraft, tail number, safety pilot (if required), dual time, and conditions of flight (day, night, instrument, simulated instrument, and NVGs). If you do not have a multi-engine rating you will need your IP to sign the flight as dual received; if you have a multi-engine rating, you will log the time as PIC.

14 CFR 61.51.b
(b) Logbook entries. For the purposes of meeting the requirements of paragraph (a) of this section, each person must enter the following information for each flight or lesson logged:
(1) General—
(i) Date.
(ii) Total flight time or lesson time.
(iii) Location where the aircraft departed and arrived, or for lessons in a flight simulator or flight training device, the location where the lesson occurred.
(iv) Type and identification of aircraft, flight simulator, flight training device, or aviation training device, as appropriate.
(v) The name of a safety pilot, if required by §91.109(b) of this chapter.
(2) Type of pilot experience or training—
(i) Solo.
(ii) Pilot in command.
(iii) Second in command.
(iv) Flight and ground training received from an authorized instructor.
(v) Training received in a flight simulator, flight training device, or aviation training device from an authorized instructor.
(3) Conditions of flight—
(i) Day or night.
(ii) Actual instrument.
(iii) Simulated instrument conditions in flight, a flight simulator, flight training device, or aviation training device.
(iv) Use of night vision goggles in an aircraft in flight, in a flight simulator, or in a flight training device.

Airline Considerations

Mr. Plato Rhyne, President, Airline Apps, Inc. brought to our attention that although the FAA allows the F-15E WSO PIC time to count towards ratings, the airlines will not count that as PIC time. You should not attempt to represent WSO PIC time to the airlines as PIC time on your application. Since he processes airline pilot applications for a living, we believe him. Specifically, he goes on to say

"The airlines generally use the FAR Part 1 definition of PIC for reporting PIC time on an application:
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."