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PPL Cross country

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I have been told something I am not sure I agree with. The issue is for a PPL cross country. Requires 3 hours of Dual X-Country and 1 Night dual X-Country of more than 100 miles.  If student has 1 day dual x-country of 2.2 and 1 night dual x-country of 2.4. That does satisfy the requirement, correct? I am being told no, that it has to be 3.0 dual has to be during the day, and the night is in addition to that. Am I wrong?

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  1. Ron Klutts on Jan 12, 2017

    FAR 61.109 (a)(1) says 3 hours of x/c flight training…

    (a)(2) says 3 hours of night flight training that includes….

    So clearly they are day and night requirements that are separate.

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  2. Kris Kortokrax on Jan 12, 2017

    Where does it require in (a)(1) that the cross country flight training must occur during daylight hours? One could conceivably perform all 3 hours of cross country training for (a)(1) at night.

    They are not separate day and night requirements.

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  3. Ron Klutts on Jan 14, 2017


    I was under the impression that since the night was a separate section number that it wa treated as it\’s own requirement. I\’ve learned that\’s not correct from a DPE. So some day and night x/c can be combined for the 3 hour requirement.

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  4. Kris Kortokrax on Jan 14, 2017

    The requirement is what it is because that is the way the regulation is written, not because of what one DPE says.

    Keep in mind that DPEs (as well as FAA inspectors) are pilots like you and me The derive no special insight into the regulations by virtue of their job.

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  5. Tom on Jan 14, 2017

    Thanks Kris, that was my understanding as well.
    And Ron, yes that is my understanding, one can do all the dual cross countries at night if they choose to.

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