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NIght time for Commercial 10 Landings Requirement

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I need to complete the commercial requirement consisting of 5 hours VFR night with 10 T/O's and landings at an airport with a control tower. I'm not concerned about currency to carry passengers, just to meet the commercial requirement.

Do I need to do this 1 hour after sunset or at the beginning of civil twilight, and I assume the landings can be Touch-n-goes?



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  1. John Scarry on Dec 01, 2016

    CFR TITLE 14 §1.1 General definitions.

    Night means the time between the end of evening civil twilight and the beginning of morning civil twilight, as published in the Air Almanac, converted to local time.

    I personally hate touch-n-goes so I did mine with taxi backs.

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  2. Russ Roslewski on Dec 02, 2016

    I agree with John.

    Don’t read anything into the regulations that isn’t there. The text in 61.129 states:

    (ii) 5 hours in night VFR conditions with 10 takeoffs and 10 landings (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport with an operating control tower.

    Doesn’t say full stop landings, so do what you want. Doesn’t say what kind of night, so use the basic definition. And don’t forget it says “takeoffs at night” also, so if you takeoff in the day and land at night, that only counts for the landing part of the requirement.

    I would be very specific in the “remarks” block of your logbook, saying, for example, “All takeoffs and landings at night and with an operating control tower”. Just so there’s no doubt.

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