Pilot in command
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.
14 CFR § 1.1
As used in Subchapters A through K of this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise: