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I recently conducted a flight of > 600 nm, one way, with my wife. This flight had two stops ~ 200 nm to stretch our legs and we returned in the same manner two days later. I want to pursue my Comm Ticket, would this flight count towards my 300 nm/250 nm straight line requirement? Thanks Kevin

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  1. John D. Collins on Dec 04, 2011

    In my opinion, no.  FAR 61.129(a)(4) reads in part:


    (4) Ten hours of solo flight time in a single engine airplane or 10 hours of flight time performing the duties of pilot in command in a single engine airplane with an authorized instructor on board (either of which may be credited towards the flight time requirement under paragraph (a)(2) of this section), on the areas of operation listed under Sec. 61.127(b)(1) that include–


    (i) One cross-country flight of not less than 300 nautical miles total distance, with landings at a minimum of three points, one of which is a straight-line distance of at least 250 nautical miles from the original departure point.


    This only permits solo flight or when you are performing the duties of PIC flight with an authorized instructor on board. Solo means you are the only occupant of the aircraft, so although you would be performing the duties of a PIC and acting as PIC, by carrying a passenger, you don’t meet either requirements of the regulation.


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  2. Abdel Shabazz on Dec 04, 2011

    I second John’s statement. It has to be accomplished solo, as the only occupant of the airplane.

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