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Checkride close but i figure out i havent complete my hours

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The date of my checkride is close. But i figured out that i still need 1.8 hour of solo time. And i though i got all my 5 hours of cross country but i still need 1.1 hours. My question is if my solo flight to an airport located 25NM away from my airport counts as solo cross country time.

Thanks for your time.

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  1. Derek Schwalenberg on Jan 11, 2012

    61.1 (b)(3) is going to tell you that you must include a point of landing at least 50nm away from the original point of departure to use for the purpose of meeting aeronautical experience requirements.

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  2. Wes Beard on Jan 11, 2012

    Derek is correct that §61.1(b)(4)(ii)(B) [looks like you are using an old version of the FARs] requires a landing at least 50NM away from the original point of departure.  
     
    The only exception are for rotorcraft who require a landing at least 25NM from the original point of departure.  See §61.1(b)(4)(v)(B).
     
    So, the OP can count a 25NM trip as cross country if he is training for a rotorcraft category.

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  3. Anrboy on Jan 12, 2012

    To add to that the 50nm needs to be straight line distance. You can’t zig zag there and say you covered 50nm of ground. If you are a helicopter pilot it is 25nm straight line. My suggestion to you is practice touch and goes and entering the pattern from different angles. If nobody is at the airport swith runways and do some crosswind work too.

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  4. Derek Schwalenberg on Jan 12, 2012

    Wes, you caught me. I was reading it out of the 2010 I have on my bookshelf just because it was right next to me. I do have 2011 somewhere and 2012 on my Kindle.. but it was in the other room and I just happened to glance at 2010 on my bookshelf and grabbed it.

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