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Sim time logging

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I've been trying to log some sim time and was wondering what exactly I can log. I looked in the FARs but could not find specifics. Any idea where I can find a specific guide?

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  1. Kris Kortokrax on Mar 09, 2014

    If you are asking about which columns you can fill out in your logbook, see 61.51.
    Simulated Instrument time and Training time (Dual).

    If you are inquiring about the circumstances under which it can be logged, 61.51 states that an authorized instructor must be present and sign your logbook.

    This applies to time you want to use for a certificate, rating or currency.

    You can put anything in your logbook that you want. You just can’t necessarily use it for any reason you want.

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  2. Cody Barringer on Mar 09, 2014

    I suspect your are asking about a computer simulator or similar training device.

    If you are using a PC based simulator it has to be specifically FAA approved in order to be logged toward a rating, and as Kris said, conducted under CFI supervision.

    (AC 61-126)

    If you have a simulator that cost less than $5000-$8000 it is most likely not approved and you could not log time with it unless you have a letter of approval for your specific setup from the FAA.

    Hope this is what your question was about.

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