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Logging Check Ride as Dual Instruction

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The log book entry made by my DPE following my private checkride included .2 hours for simulated instrument, but he did not also enter .2 hours as dual instruction. I am now working on my instrument rating, and I am wondering if that time should also have been entered as dual instruction (to count toward the required 15 hours of dual for the instrument rating). Should any other part of the check ride be logged as dual instruction?

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  1. Nathan Parker on Jan 03, 2012

    Given that examiners are prohibited from providing instruction, I’d say that none of the time should be counted as dual.  I cannot imagine that you will be needing that .2 in order to complete your instrument training.  The number of people that actually complete that rating with only 15 hours dual is very small.  Most people probably have at least 40 hours of instrument training before they’re proficient.

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  2. David Cooper on Jan 03, 2012

    I’ve already met the 15-hour requirement. I’m just a stickler for detail and was curious how this should be treated. Thanks for the answer.

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  3. Bill Trussell on Jan 03, 2012

    Some good news on this one is that the .2 counts toward total instrument time, as the examiner is able to serve as a safety pilot during the checkride.  Just to be more clear on the DPE role, in all cases it is assumed at the beginning of the checkride that the canidate is qualified to operate as if the rating has already been issued.  There are some minor issues with this statement but a good number of DPEs will ask candidates to sign an agreement acknowledging the status of the DPE as NOT being the pilot in command.

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  4. David Cooper on Jan 03, 2012

    Thank you for the further clarification.

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