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PIC required to hold a type rating

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On the Private Pilot Written Test

Question #3024 states

The Pilot in command is required to hold a type rating in which aircraft?

A.  Aircraft operated under an authorization issued by the Administrator

B.  Aircraft involved in ferry flights, training flights or test flights.

C.  Aircraft having a gross weight of more than 12,500 lbs. 

FAR 61.31 relates to this question, It used to be "C" however in the 2011 edition I can not find where it says anything about 12,500 lbs.  So what would be the correct answer stated above?  I also see that in the FAR's it was amended #124 effective 10-20-2009

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  1. Wes Beard on Mar 02, 2011

    The correct answer for the weitten test is C. Besides the 12500 lb requirement, turbo jets also require a type rating including the very light jets.

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  2. James MacGregor CFI on Mar 03, 2011

    yep 12.5k lbs max gross needs a type rating
     There are also som exceptions that also need a type rating, such as the MU-2

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  3. Matthew Waugh on Mar 05, 2011

    So 61.31 now refers to a “large aircraft” – you have to go to Part 1.1 to find the the definition of a large aircraft is over 12,500 pounds.
    So the question is still valid and the answer (C) is still correct.

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