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Commercial Fixed Wing Add-On

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Hi, I'm a Commercial Helicopter pilot with a private fixed wing.  I was trying to find out about requirements to get a Commercial add-on fixed wing with already holding a private fixed wing and am having some trouble finding that, any help would be great, Thanks, Ron 

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  1. Lucas on Oct 05, 2012

    Hi Ron

    First you need to comply with FAR 61.63:

    Additional aircraft ratings (other than for ratings at the airline transport pilot certification level).
    (a) General. For an additional aircraft rating on a pilot certificate, other than for an airline transport pilot certificate, a person must meet the requirements of this section appropriate to the additional aircraft rating sought.
    (b) Additional aircraft category rating. A person who applies to add a category rating to a pilot certificate:

    (1) Must complete the training and have the applicable aeronautical experience.
    (2) Must have a logbook or training record endorsement from an authorized instructor attesting that the person was found competent in the appropriate aeronautical knowledge areas and proficient in the appropriate areas of operation.
    (3) Must pass the practical test.
    [(4) Need not take an additional knowledge test, provided the applicant holds an airplane, rotorcraft, powered-lift, weight-shift-control aircraft, powered parachute, or airship rating at that pilot certificate level.]

    For the actual flight time you need to look at FAR 61.129

    Aeronautical experience.

    (a) For an airplane single-engine rating. Except as provided in paragraph (i) of this section, a person who applies for a commercial pilot certificate with an airplane category and single-engine class rating must log at least 250 hours of flight time as a pilot that consists of at least:

    (1) 100 hours in powered aircraft, of which 50 hours must be in airplanes.

    (2) 100 hours of pilot-in-command flight time, which includes at least–

    (i) 50 hours in airplanes; and

    (ii) 50 hours in cross-country flight of which at least 10 hours must be in airplanes.

    (3) 20 hours of training on the areas of operation listed in Sec. 61.127(b)(1) of this part that includes at least–

    [(i) Ten hours of instrument training using a view-limiting device including attitude instrument flying, partial panel skills, recovery from unusual flight attitudes, and intercepting and tracking navigational systems. Five hours of the 10 hours required on instrument training must be in a single engine airplane;]

    (ii) 10 hours of training in an airplane that has a retractable landing gear, flaps, and a controllable pitch propeller, or is turbine-powered, or for an applicant seeking a single-engine seaplane rating, 10 hours of training in a seaplane that has flaps and a controllable pitch propeller;

    [(iii) One 2-hour cross country flight in a single engine airplane in daytime conditions that consists of a total straight-line distance of more than 100 nautical miles from the original point of departure;

    (iv) One 2-hour cross country flight in a single engine airplane in nighttime conditions that consists of a total straight-line distance of more than 100 nautical miles from the original point of departure; and

    (v) Three hours in a single-engine airplane with an authorized instructor in preparation for the practical test within the preceding 2 calendar months from the month of the test.

    (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. However, if this requirement is being met in Hawaii, the longest segment need only have a straight-line distance of at least 150 nautical miles; and

    (ii) 5 hours in night VFR conditions with 10 takeoffs and 10 landings (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport with an operating control tower.

    So to make it short: you do not need to take the Written Exam, and need about 50 hours of PIC time in an airplane (assuming you did your private airplane under part 61, you should already have 10 hours of PIC time, so you would only need 40 hours). For the specific requirements to be meet see again FAR 61.129 and FAR 61.127.


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