How Do I Log My Time to Meet the Commercial ASEL Report Requirements in Logbook?

This article will cover how time should be logged in order to meet the FAA Commercial ASEL, FAR §61.129(a) requirements. 

Flight Time Requirements

250 hours of flight time

  • - Log 250+ hours Total Time. 
  • - NOTE: Logbook entries that have hours logged as "Simulated Flight" are recognized as time in a flight simulator and are not counted towards Total Time.

100 hours in powered aircraft

  • - Log 100+ hours Total Time.
  • - Ensure logbook entries are associated with an aircraft that has a powered engine type (piston, turboprop, radial, etc).

50 hours in airplanes

  • - Log 50+ hours Total Time.
  • - Ensure the selected aircraft for the entries has a class of ASEL, AMEL, ASES, or AMES.

100 hours of PIC

  • - Log 100+ hours Pilot In Command (PIC).

50 hours PIC in airplanes

  • - Log 50+ hours Pilot In Command (PIC).
  • - Log Total Time in conjunction with PIC.
  • - Ensure the selected aircraft for the entries has a class of ASEL, ASES, AMEL, or AMES.

50 hours PIC cross country

  • - Log 50+ hours Pilot In Command (PIC).
  • - Log Cross Country and Total Time hours in conjunction with PIC.
  • - Ensure the selected aircraft for the entries has a class of ASEL, ASES, AMEL, or AMES.

10 hours PIC cross country in airplanes

  • - Log 10+ hours Pilot In Command (PIC).
  • - Log Cross Country and Total Time hours in conjunction with PIC.
  • - Ensure the selected aircraft for the entries has a class of ASEL, ASES, AMEL, or AMES.

Dual Received Requirements

FAR §61.129(a), Section 3 outlines requirements related to flight training with a flight instructor. "Dual Received" hours should be logged for these requirements.

20 hours of flight training

  • - Log 20+ hours Dual Received (training).
  • - Log Total Time in conjunction with Dual Received.

10 hours of simulated instrument training

  • - Log 10+ hours Simulated Instrument.
  • - Log 10+ hours Dual Received (training).

5 hours of simulated instrument training in single-engine airplanes

  • - Log 5+ hours Simulated Instrument.
  • - Log 5+ hours Dual Received (training).
  • - Log Total Time hours in conjunction with the above.
  • - Ensure the selected aircraft for the entries has a class of ASEL or ASES.

10 hours of training in complex or TAA airplanes

  • - Log 10+ hours Dual Received (training).
  • - Log Total Time hours in conjunction with Dual Received.
  • - Ensure the selected aircraft for the entries is set up as complex or TAA and has a class of ASEL.

One 2-hour, 100nm day cross country training flight in a single-engine airplane

  • - Log the flight as a single entry.
  • - Log 2+ hours Total Time.
  • - Log 2+ hours Cross Country.
  • - Log 2+ hours Dual Received (training).
  • - Ensure that your destination is ≥ 100nm from your departure point.
  • - Ensure the selected aircraft for the entry has a class of ASEL or ASES.
  • - Do not log any night hours.

One 2-hour, 100nm night cross country training flight in a single-engine airplane

  • - Log the flight as a single entry.
  • - Log 2+ hours Total Time.
  • - Log 2+ hours Cross Country.
  • - Log 2+ hours Night.
  • - Log 2+ hours Dual Received (training).
  • - Ensure that your destination is ≥ 100nm from your departure airport.
  • - Ensure the selected aircraft for the entry has a class of ASEL or ASES.

3 hours of checkride prep training in a single engine airplane within the preceding 2 calendar months

  • - Log 3+ hours Total Time.
  • - Log 3+ hours Dual Received (training).
  • - Ensure the selected aircraft for the entries has a class of ASEL or ASES.
  • - Ensure the entry date is within the past 2 calendar months

Solo/PIC Requirements

FAR §61.129(a), Section 4 lists requirements related to logging Solo/PIC hours, or “performing the duties of pilot in command”. In order for the entry to be qualified, log Solo/PIC hours only. Dual Received (training) does not qualify even if an instructor is on board.

10 hours of solo in a single-engine airplane

  • - Log 10+ hours Total Time.
  • - Log 10+ hours Solo or PIC.
  • - Ensure the selected aircraft for the entries has a class of ASEL or ASES.
  • - Do not log Dual Received hours.

One 300nm solo cross country flight in a single-engine airplane, with full-stop landings at three points, and one point at least 250nm from the departure point

  • - Log the flight as a single entry.
  • - Log Total Time and Cross Country hours.
  • - Log Solo or PIC hours.
  • - Include 3 or more airports in the entry.
  • - Log 3+ landings.
  • - Total Route Distance is ≥ 300nm.
  • - One destination is ≥ 250nm from your departure airport.
  • - Ensure the selected aircraft for the entries has a class of ASEL or ASES.
  • - Do not log Dual Received hours.

5 hours of night solo in VFR conditions in single-engine airplanes

  • - Log 5+ hours Total Time.
  • - Log 5+ hours Solo or PIC.
  • - Log 5+ hours Night.
  • - Ensure the selected aircraft for the entries has a class of ASEL or ASES.
  • - Do not log Dual Received hours.

10 solo night takeoffs and 10 solo night landings in single-engine airplanes at an airport with an operating control tower

  • - Log Total Time hours.
  • - Log Solo or PIC hours.
  • - Log Night hours.
  • - Log Night Takeoffs and Night Landings.
  • - Ensure the selected aircraft for the entries has a class of ASEL or ASES.
  • - Ensure a towered airport is included in the From, To or Route fields.