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If you hold multiple category/class ratings on one certificate level (let's say private pilot), and then wish to obtain a new higher level of pilot certificate (let's say commercial pilot) and you take that checkride with one of the category/class aircraft you're rated for.... would you have to take a checkride for each category and class aircraft you're rated for on the new certificate level in order to exercise those privileges on that level?

Basically, does 61.63 apply in this instance since you already possess the appropriate category/class? Or does it vary based on specific category and class? Or does it matter at all? Up until now, I've only really seen people obtain a new category class AFTER changing pilot certificate levels...

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    Russ Roslewski on Jan 16, 2015

    Yes, you would take a separate checkride for each category/class you want to upgrade. So, if you had Private Pilot single engine, multiengine, and helicopter, and took a commercial checkride in a multiengine airplane, you would have Commercial Multi but Single and Helicopter would be limited to Private privileges only. And it would be worded like that on your Commercial pilot certificate.

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