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Questions tagged [far-61]

Part 61 of the US Federal Air Regulations deals with FAA pilot and instructor certification.

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Does an IFR flight at night in VMC count as “night VFR conditions” (FAR 61.129)?

FAR 61.129 several times uses the phrase “night VFR conditions.” Does this mean strictly flights conducted under VFR at night, or does it include night flights conducted under IFR but in VMC?
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Do solo night time and “towered” landings total separately toward the solo night requirements in FAR 61.129?

FAR 61.129(a)(4)(ii) reads as follows for an applicant for commercial airplane single-engine, and makes similar provisions for other categories and classes. (4) Ten hours of solo flight time &...
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Can a simulator (FFS) be used in place of a Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) to meet the commercial experience requirements?

14 CFR 61.129(a)(3)(ii) lists the aeronautical experience requirements for a commercial certificate. It says: (ii) 10 hours of training in a complex airplane, a turbine-powered airplane, or a ...
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Can I log PIC time while flying solo in an R22 toward a helicopter addon?

I hold a PPL/SEL and I'm training for a helicopter addon. I'm training in a Robison R22 which is subject to SFAR 73. Can I log my solo training hours as PIC time? FOr student pilots, with solo ...
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Is there any FAR defining an “introductory” or “familiarization” flight?

I have given a number of young people their first inspirational flight. I am a CFI, but I do not issue any endorsement for these flights, and do not charge for my time or the aircraft. Is there any ...
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61 vs 141: What's better for future US ATP? [closed]

The pros and cons of each are all over the internet. Price and flexibility, which of the two routes looks better when applying for an airline regional or legacy, does it matter? More importantly which ...
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Can I maintain my IR currency from the right seat in a non “N” registered aircraft?

I completed my IFR checkride on the 15th of May this year, the next day I moved to Spain to study my EASA ATPL (airline transport pilot license). A friend of mine here in Spain is doing his time ...
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Can a private pilot obtain a recreational pilot certificate?

While I'm thankful that third class medical reform has passed, I currently have a special issuance medical that the FAA has been reviewing for several months. This go around, they requested additional ...
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What is the difference between an aviation training device (ATD) and a flight training device (FTD)?

According to FAR 61.57, the regulation requires different experience requirements when a pilot uses FTD or ATD for their experience minimums. So I have tried to look up the difference between those ...
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Is breaking a FAR an issue when flying outside of FAA jurisdiction?

When flying outside the US it is advisable to follow the FAA rules when they are stricter than ICAO, and when it does not violate the local flight governing body's rules. Can you still be fined or ...
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What can be logged as Total Time?

The FAA regulates logging time in FAR 61.51. There are plenty of questions about logging PIC time, as well as SIC time. Another type remains: what can be logged as total time? It's only mentioned once:...
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Can training for an Instrument Rating be applied towards a commercial pilot certificate?

Per 14 CFR 61.129, a person who applies for a commercial pilot certificate for airplanes (both single and multiengine) must log at least ten hours of instrument training. Assuming a pilot obtains ...
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I hold both a Sport Pilot License and a Student Pilot certificate. Can I do my BFR in a C-172?

FAR § 61.56.(c).(1) states that every two years I must have Accomplished a flight review given in an aircraft for which that pilot is rated by an authorized instructor. The answer to my question ...
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When is my biennial flight review due?

I logged into my flying club's online scheduling website today (May 19, 2015) and it was warning me that my Flight Review was about to expire (on May 31, 2015). My last flight review was on June 7, ...
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Does a multi-engine rating propagate down from commercial to private?

I have a private pilot license with airplane single engine land and instrument ratings. I'm about to get the commercial with a airplane multi engine land class rating. Let's say I'm not currently ...
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How has FAR 61.57 changed since 1969? [duplicate]

An answer to another question on Aviation.SE asks about the historical development of FAR 61.57. How has FAR 61.57 changed over the years?
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Does night takeoff & landing currency count for daytime currency?

My initial thought is that night currency satisfies daytime currency, but what gives me pause is FAR 61.57(a)(2) notes that a non-current pilot is allowed to conduct day VFR or day IFR flights without ...
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How thoroughly can WINGS phases substitute for a flight review?

If a pilot is unable to act as PIC because they need a flight review, can they instead earn WINGS credits and complete a phase? Everything I have read, including §61.56 and AC 61-91J, suggests that ...
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Can I log PIC time when training for a tailwheel or high performance endorsement?

If I hire a CFI to train me for the tailwheel endorsement (this question also applies to the high performance endorsement), can I log PIC time when flying the tailwheel aircraft, or do I have to log ...
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Does simulator time count as time in type?

Can full motion simulator training time (FSI) be counted towards the required 100 hours that a part 135 captain is a High Minimum Captain?
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What is an SIC type rating?

14 CFR 61.55 says: ... (d) A person may receive a second-in-command pilot type rating for an aircraft after satisfactorily completing the second-in-command familiarization training ...
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For training with a grace month, is it legal to fly in the month after training expires before going to school?

Most 135 training/testing says something like this: §135.343 Crewmember initial and recurrent training requirements. No certificate holder may use a person, nor may any person serve, as a ...
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What are the requirements for a 'complex' airplane?

Requirements for 'complex' airplane seem to vary between regulators and between pilots, so let's have this settled once and for all. What is the definition of a 'complex' airplane as defined by FAA ...
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What is the minimum possible number of hours required to carry passengers?

Not factoring learning curve, personal safety minimums, and pilot proficiency, what is the absolute minimum flight time that must be logged in order to carry a passenger in a piston engine aircraft in ...
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Are TI graphing calculators permitted on the FAA knowledge exams?

I know it's a bit odd, but I like using my TI-89 graphing calculator in addition to an E6B when doing calculations. It helps me avoid dumb arithmetic errors. I read the section "Use of Test Aids and ...
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How do I use the FAA's WINGS program as a flight review?

I know pilots can substitute WINGS phases for the Flight Review otherwise required every two years. How do I do this? Do I have to attend a class to meet all the equivalency requirements?
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What does it take to maintain a private pilot certificate?

What, if any, requirements are there to maintain a private pilot certificate? For example: Do I have to renew my certificate after a period of time? E.g. annually, 5 years, 10 years Do I have to ...
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I have a European EASA license - what do I need to do to be allowed to fly in the US?

I own a PPL(A) license following JAR-FCL. Recently, this license has been exchanged for a European EASA license. My training was on a motor glider (TMG), I do not have ratings for SEP, but TMG and ...
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Can time logged in foreign aircraft be applied towards an FAA certificate or rating?

Does time logged in these foreign-registered aircraft (cross country, etc) count towards US certificates or ratings? Or is it flight experience that should be excluded from an 8710?