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I am working on my IFR part 61 and must have 50 hours of X-country as PIC.

  1. Lets say my instructor and I fly to an airport that is 55 miles from my take off airport - it takes us 0.8 hours from take off to land.

  2. Then, on our way back, we do pattern work at another airport - 0.4 hours to fly and 0.7 hours for pattern work.

  3. Then, final leg of flying - 0.3 hours.

Total flight time - 0.8 + 0.4 + 0.7 + 0.3 = 2.2 hours

What is the best and legal way to log this 1.5 hours of X-country, in my log book? If I could, I would like to take advantage of the 0.3 + 0.4 hours during my return flight as X-country time.

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You can log it all as XC. This is quite common. XC is all flight time to an airport more than 50 NM away from origin, even if you don't spend it flying in a straight line.

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