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ATP Airplane cross country time – does helicopter time have to be 50NM?

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Hi all.

Thank you in advance for your time on this.

I know XC defined for ratings is 50 NM for airplane and 25 NM for helicopters. But if a pilot is trying to get thier ATP Airplane and they have both airplane and helicopter XC time, do you think the helicopter XC time will only count if it is 50 NM as it is for the airplane ATP rating?See wording at 61.1 and 61.159


Thank you again for your thought/time on this,



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  1. Wes Beard on May 20, 2013

    The regulations define what XC time is in 61.1. If you obtained XC time in a helicopter it can be counted for the 500hrs total XC required for an ATP certificate.

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