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A pre-solo private pilot student is training in a Cessna 182 they purchased, do they also need a high performance endorsement, as well as the solo endorsement prior to their first solo flight?

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Yes. In order to solo, a student pilot must act as pilot-in-command of that aircraft, which requires a logbook endorsement for high-performance airplanes in order to do so per §61.31(f).

Additional training required for operating high-performance airplanes.

(1) Except as provided in paragraph (f)(2) of this section, no person may act as pilot in command of a high-performance airplane (an airplane with an engine of more than 200 horsepower), unless the person has -

(i) Received and logged ground and flight training from an authorized instructor in a high-performance airplane, or in a full flight simulator or flight training device that is representative of a high-performance airplane, and has been found proficient in the operation and systems of the airplane; and

(ii) Received a one-time endorsement in the pilot's logbook from an authorized instructor who certifies the person is proficient to operate a high-performance airplane.

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  • $\begingroup$ would the situation would the same for tailwheel airplane/ endorsement? $\endgroup$ Apr 18, 2022 at 11:38
  • $\begingroup$ Well I don’t know…. What does §61.31 (i) state? $\endgroup$ Apr 18, 2022 at 12:55
  • $\begingroup$ @quietflyer Same situation: 14 CFR 61.31(i) states Except as provided in paragraph (i)(2) of this section, no person may act as pilot in command of a tailwheel airplane unless that person has received and logged flight training from an authorized instructor in a tailwheel airplane and received an endorsement in the person's logbook from an authorized instructor who found the person proficient in the operation of a tailwheel airplane. A non-certificated pilot acts as pilot in command while flying solo, so they would need the tailwheel endorsement. $\endgroup$
    – Canuk
    Apr 19, 2022 at 11:07

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