I recently finished a private pilot certificate and I'd like to get a instrument rating while keeping my costs low. I understand I'll need 50 hours of cross country PIC time (VFR) and 40 hours instrument training.
Question: If I fly under the hood with a Safety Pilot on cross country flights for 15 hours, do those 15 hours count both towards the 50 hours of cross country PIC time and towards the 40 hours of instrument training time?
Here is the breakdown of what I think I would need:
50 hours cross country PIC time consisting of: 15 hours cross country PIC time I already have, 15 hours cross country PIC time while under the hood with a Safety Pilot, and 20 hours cross country PIC time solo (or with a friend).
40 hours instrument training, consisting of: 4 hours already completed with instructor (3 from PPL), 15 hours under hood with Safety Pilot, 10 hours with instructor in Redbird simulator, and 11 hours with instructor in airplane.
Am I getting this right?