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Instrument Rating – Is the 50 hours of cross-country flight time PIC requirements most be VFR?

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According to FAR 61.65 Instrument rating requirements paragraph (d) Aeronautical experience for the instrument-airplane rating. If I had an IFR cross country with my CFI, Is that flight could be also included as part of my 50 hours PIC requirement?  

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    John D. Collins on May 20, 2012

    If you are on a dual flight but are the sole manipulator of the controls and you land at an airport more than 50 miles from the departure airport, the cross country can count towards the 50 hour cross country requirement and you may log it as PIC.

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  2. Andre Venter on Dec 17, 2014

    How will my CFI log the time? Also as PIC?

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  3. Andre Venter on Dec 17, 2014


    How will my CFI log the time? Can he also log it as PIC? He is building time for ATP and I am for instrument.

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  4. Mark Kolber on Dec 19, 2014

    Yes, Andre. 61.51 (which I like to call the “Universal Rule of Logging Flight Time” because it’s the starting point for every question about logging flight time) includes a provision permitting CFIs to log as PIC all of the flight time they are giving flight instruction.

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