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Commercial rating 10 hours simulated time

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I'm a instrument rated pilot going for my commercial rating and I have most of the requirements (all except the needed complex time) but reading the reg it states I need  10 hours of simulated instruments.  With my instrument don't I already have this requirement.  Or is this 10 additional hours? My current instructor believes this time is needed after my instrument rating because its in the commercial section and cannot be double dipped. I feel I can always use more training but 10 hours more simulated paying does feel like the spirit of the regulation.


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  1. Russ Roslewski on Jan 07, 2016

    I think you’re overthinking it (not hard to do!)

    The reg says you need 10 hours of simulated instrument training.

    In the course of training for your instrument rating, you accumulated more than 10 hours of simulated instrument training.

    There you go, that’s all you need.

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  2. Kris Kortokrax on Jan 07, 2016

    The Hartzell interpretation discusses this question.


    You are probably OK, but you need to make sure that the specific items called for in 61.129 are documented.

    Also, if you are going for the Commercial in a multi, there is a requirement that 5 of the 10 hours be in a multi-engine airplane. Same thing for the single, 5 hours must be in a single engine airplane.

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