I needed extra instrument time for my VFR checkride but it was cloudy for my lesson. My CFII and I turned it into an introduction to IFR lesson and we flew 0.3 actual and 0.3 simulated (with the hood) and did 1 ILS approach in IMC.

61.109(a)(3) says that the following instrument training is required:

3 hours of flight training in a single-engine airplane on the control and maneuvering of an airplane solely by reference to instruments, including straight and level flight, constant airspeed climbs and descents, turns to a heading, recovery from unusual flight attitudes, radio communications, and the use of navigation systems/facilities and radar services appropriate to instrument flight;

Is it correct to assume that I can use the IMC time for this?

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    $\begingroup$ Yes, you can. I don't have the FAR to quote, but I put 4 hours of actual instrument (along with 2 actual IFR approaches) towards my VFR PPL. $\endgroup$
    – Ron Beyer
    Nov 30, 2016 at 3:16

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Sure can. FAR 61.109 makes no distinction between flight in hard IMC and simulated in an aircraft using a view limiting device.


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