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CPL Experience Requirements

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I am almost ready to have my CPL FAA checkride done but I need a confirmation about flight experience requirements.

According to FAR 61.129 requirements are :

(3) 20 hours of training on the areas of operation listed in Sec. 61.127(b)(1) of this part that includes at least--

[(i) Ten hours of instrument training using a view-limiting device including attitude instrument flying, partial panel skills, recovery from unusual flight attitudes, and intercepting and tracking navigational systems. Five hours of the 10 hours required on instrument training must be in a single engine airplane;]

(ii) 10 hours of training in an airplane that has a retractable landing gear, flaps, and a controllable pitch propeller, or is turbine-powered, or for an applicant seeking a single-engine seaplane rating, 10 hours of training in a seaplane that has flaps and a controllable pitch propeller;

[(iii) One 2-hour cross country flight in a single engine airplane in daytime conditions that consists of a total straight-line distance of more than 100 nautical miles from the original point of departure;

(iv) One 2-hour cross country flight in a single engine airplane in nighttime conditions that consists of a total straight-line distance of more than 100 nautical miles from the original point of departure; and

(v) Three hours in a single-engine airplane with an authorized instructor in preparation for the practical test within the preceding 2 calendar months from the month of the test.

I just need someone to confirm that 3) (iii) (iv) 2-hour cross country flight day and night have to be dual training with instructor. What do you think ? It says 20 hours of training but it doesn't says "dual training". I have those 2-hour cross country flight day and night done already but as a PIC (pilot in command) only not with my instructor.

Thanks for you help.

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    Ken White on Sep 09, 2017

    Training is defined in 61.1

    “Flight training means that training, other than ground training, received from an authorized instructor in flight in an aircraft.”

    All 20 hours of training required by 61.129 need to be flown with an authorized instructor, including the 2 hour day and night cross country flights.

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  2. EricB on Sep 11, 2017

    Thank-you very much Ken. That’s clear now.

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