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Subject: FAR 61.129 Instrument Training...
 
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12/14/2006 9:22 AM  
Hello All, I'm looking for your professional opinions regarding the current instrument training requirement in accordance with FAR 61.129. As it stands, an applicant for the FAA CPL only needs to accomplish the required 10 hours of instrument training in an aircraft. This would allow a helicopter pilot to fly the 10 hours in an airplane even though they may not hold an airplane rating. Question: Do you feel that the 10 hours of instrument training for the FAA CPL Helicopter I/A/W FAR 61.129 should be required to be conducted in a helicopter? In addition, the maneuvers and standards for the 10 hours were loosely outlined by John Lynch in the FAQs sometime ago. The direction from Mr. Lynch was the standard was the Instrument PTS. This made no sense to me. If the FAA truely expects the applicant to meet the Instrument PTS, why do they require 40 hours for the Instrument rating? Anyway, a simple text change would fix this issue if they just used the same guidance given in the PPL Airplane requirements. FAR 61.109 PPL Airplane states: 3 hours of flight training in a single-engine airplane on the control and maneuvering of an airplane solely by reference to instruments, including straight and level flight, constant airspeed climbs and descents, turns to a heading, recovery from unusual flight attitudes, radio communications, and the use of navigation systems/facilities and radar services appropriate to instrument flight". This guidance is clear and concise to the training to be conducted. Question: Do you feel that the instrument training requirement I/A/W FAR 61.129 CPL Helicopter should change its requirement text to a similar requirement text of FAR 61.109 PPL Airplane? Lastly, the FAA has decided that the instrument training required I/A/W FAR 61.129 CPL Helicopter must be conducted by a CFII. This is contrary to the privileges and limitations of a CFI because the CPL Helicopter is limited to VFR. Now, don't misunderstand my intent. I would love to see ALL helicopter pilots receive their instrument training from a CFII if for no other reason that they can use the time toward their instrument rating dual requirement. My intent is to fix regulatory issues that either do not make sense, provide no safety benefit to the industry, or are contrary to the regulations. Question: Do you feel that a CFII must conduct the instrument training I/A/W FAR 61.129 CPL Helicopter requirements as they are currently written? If you wish to participate, please email your response to the above questions to rrowles@bellhelicopter.textron.com with your name, certificates held, and how long you have been a flight instructor. Your responses will be utilized as data to be presented to the FAA at Heliexpo 2007 in Orlando. More information is available to those that respond. Thanks in advance! Randy Rowles
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