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Logging PIC and Solo Time

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Logging PIC & SOLO time. When I was a Private Pilot student, I entered the time of a solo flight in both the PIC and SOLO columns of my Gleim logbook. After I got my Private Pilot certificate, I never entered any hours in the SOLO column again. Is this the correct approach?

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  1. Paul on Aug 02, 2010

    You can still log solo time as a recreational, private or commercial pilot as long as you really are the “sole occupant of the aircraft”. You have to be able to sing with Celine Dion, “All by myself” I’m not sure if pets count. Please see ยง 61.51 (d) “Logging of Solo Time” for further guidance.

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  2. Matthew Waugh on Aug 03, 2010

    And you may want to log solo time, because the commercial requirements call for certain amounts of solo time in different circumstances. So it might be handy to have a record of any solo time to count towards those requirements.

    But as far as I can tell most pilots do not log solo time after they pass the Private checkride.

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