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Using previous complex time towards commercial rating

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I am currently pursuing my commercial rating-SEL and have most of the requirements met. I currently hold PPL-single/multi and instrument-single. My multi is VFR-only. I have approximately 40 hours of complex and am wondering if I can use my previous complex time towards the 10 hours of complex needed for the commercial rating. I am a part owner of a C-182 straight leg and it is much cheaper for me to practice the commercial maneuvers in my plane vs renting a retract for 2x the cost. I realize I will need to rent one for all or at least part of the checkride but want to minimize my costs as much as possible. Thanks in advance for your replies.



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  1. Kris Kortokrax on Jan 11, 2015

    61.129 requires 10 hours of dual instruction on the areas listed in 61.127.

    You don’t say if the 40 hours of complex you have includes 10 hours of dual.

    The 10 hours of dual would need to include training in things like lazy 8s, chandelles, pylon 8s, stalls, steep turns, steep spirals and all the other maneuvers for the Commercial rating.

    If you can document all this, I would think you could use the time. You most likely logged the time after you received your Private certificate, so you could say that you received the training while working towards your Commercial.

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