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For the commercial ticket in a helicopter you need 5 hours of hood time. Can any CFI provide this training or does it require a CFII?

14 CFR 61.129(c)(3)(i):

Five hours on the control and maneuvering of a helicopter solely by reference to instruments using a view-limiting device including attitude instrument flying, partial panel skills, recovery from unusual flight attitudes, and intercepting and tracking navigational systems. This aeronautical experience may be performed in an aircraft, full flight simulator, flight training device, or an aviation training device;

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A CFI can give the training because it's training "solely by reference to instruments". If it were "instrument training", you would need a CFII.

See the Jablecki (2016) interpretation, which addresses your specific question:

In order to provide instrument training for a commercial pilot certificate or ATP certificate, a flight instructor must have an instrument rating on his or her flight instructor certificate. However, §61.129(c)(3)(i), unlike its counterparts in §61.129, does not have a requirement for "instrument training" as defined in 14 CFR §61.1. Instead, §61.129(c)(3)(i) requires training on the "control and maneuvering of a helicopter solely by reference to instruments." Therefore, the training in §61.129(c)(3)(i) is not considered "instrument training" that requires a certified flight instructor to have an instrument rating on his or her flight instructor certificate.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks a million. As a follow up, any idea of the equipment requirements for this training? $\endgroup$ – user28642 Jan 24 at 4:39
  • $\begingroup$ By the way, is there a tool for searching the faa legal interpretations? $\endgroup$ – user28642 Jan 24 at 6:01
  • $\begingroup$ @JohnHutchinson I'm not sure what you mean by "equipment requirements". The regulation just says what the training exercises should be. You might want to ask a new question if you need more information. As for searching the legal interpretations, I use Google :-) The FAA's own search engine is terrible. $\endgroup$ – Pondlife Jan 24 at 6:13
  • $\begingroup$ thanks! I mean what are the minimum instruments needed. Do you need a VOR, a CDI, etc. I’ll do some research before asking a new question $\endgroup$ – user28642 Jan 24 at 6:19

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