How Do I Log My Time to Meet the Instrument Airplane Report Requirements in Logbook?

This article will cover how time should be logged in order to meet the FAA Instrument Airplane, FAR Part §61.65(d) requirements.

Total PIC Cross-Country (50 hrs. min)

  • - 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 category/class.

Total PIC Cross-Country in Airplane (10 hrs. min)

  • - 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.

Actual or Simulated Instrument (40 hrs. min)

  • - Log 40+ hours Actual or Simulated Instrument.
  • - Log Total Time hours in conjunction with the above.
  • - Ensure the selected aircraft for the entries has a class of ASEL, ASES, AMEL, or AMES.

15 hours of actual or simulated instrument flight training

  • - Log 15+ hours Actual or Simulated Instrument.
  • - Log 15+ 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, ASES, AMEL, or AMES.

3 hours of actual or simulated instrument flight training in an airplane in the last 2 calendar months

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

One 250nm instrument cross-country airplane training flight, with an instrument approach at each airport, and three different kinds of approaches flown

  • - Log the flight as a single entry.
  • - Log Total Time and Cross Country hours.
  • - Log Actual or Simulated Instrument hours.
  • - Log Dual Received (training).
  • - Log 3 different approaches (eg. ILS, RNAV, VOR).
  • - Ensure one destination is ≥ 250nm from your departure airport.
  • - Ensure the selected aircraft for the entry has a class of ASEL, ASES, AMEL, or AMES.