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250 nm X-country for IFR

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Does the 250nm x-country for the instrument ticket mean staightline distance,  or just total overall distance.  Im looking at flying a x-country trip that is 160nm one way, then fly back.  That would work, as long as its total overall distance and not straight line.  The fact that it doesnt mention staight line makes me think Im good.  But just want to double check.  Thanks!!



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  1. Kris Kortokrax on Apr 29, 2012

    Total overall distance

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  2. Lucas on Apr 30, 2012

    FAR 61.65 http://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgFar.nsf/FARSBySectLookup/61.65!OpenDocument&ExpandSection=2
    (ii) Instrument flight training on cross country flight procedures, including one cross country flight in an airplane with an authorized instructor, that is performed under instrument flight rules, when a flight plan has been filed with an air traffic control facility, and that involves–

    (A) A flight of 250 nautical miles along airways or by directed routing from an air traffic control facility;

    (B) An instrument approach at each airport; and
    (C) Three different kinds of approaches with the use of navigation systems.
    You need to fly to 3 different airports and fly 3 different approaches, one at each of them, for example and ILS at the first one, a GPS at the second one and a VOR at the last one. Try to avoid doing a Localizer approach at 1 airport and an ILS at another, because some examiners interpret them as the same kind of approach. Techhically very different (precision and non-precision) but arguing with an examiner seldom brings the desired results…
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