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61-65H | How To Use It Like An Expert


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  1. All certification actions with students/pilots take the form of:

    1. What are the training requirements - In the FAR - Aeronautical Knowledge, Flight Proficiency, and Aeronautical Experience.

    2. What are the required endorsements? - FAR says when a logbook endorsement is required. AC 61-65H (61 65h) has the recommended ones to use when required.

    3. What will is tested? - In the ACS or PTS. Check the ratings task table for pilots adding a category or class at the same level.

  2. A tour of AC 61-65H (61 65h) - Layout and instructions to use it.

    1. It contains actionable items to do for each rating in the front of the AC.

    2. It contains sample endorsements in the Appendix.

  3. Student to Private Pilot Scenario.

    1. Training - 61.105, 61.107, and 61.109.

    2. Endorsements: A.32 (If you have the instruction, A.82 if not), A.33 and A.1 and A.2. NOTE: A.1 is required for any practical test. A.2 may be required if a knowledge test is required.

  4. Commercial Pilot Rotorcraft Helicopter to Commercial Pilot Airplane Single-Engine Land. (Change of Category - Starting regulation is 61.63(b).

    1. Must meet the aeronautical experience requirements. Requires pushing up the allowable time in rotorcraft to 61.129 and identifying what needs to be done in an airplane and a single-engine land airplane specifically.

    2. 61.129(3) Training = Dual. 10-hours in a turbine, complex, TAA , or any combination thereof.

    3. 61.129(4) Solo or performing the duties of PIC with an instructor - 10 hours either SOLO or Performing the duties of PIC - All one or the other no mixing.

    4. If 10 hours of instrument training is required, a CFII must do this training.

    5. When can this pilot log PIC time in a single-engine airplane? Answer: Only when SOLO. They are not rated in the category/class - 61.51(e)(i) and (ii,) Pilot logbooks and 61.31(d)(1).

    6. How do you solo this pilot? The student pilot section, Subpart C, doesn’t apply to this pilot. 61.31(d)(2).

    7. Endorsements - A.72 for solo, A.74, and A.1. A.2 is not required because there is no requirement to take a knowledge test (61.63(b).)

    8. What is tested? Commercial Pilot Airplane Single-Engine Land ACS, Appendix page A-12, ratings task table. Look under RH (rotorcraft helicopter.)

  5. Guidance through the regulations and this AC is necessary. Almost impossible to solve complicated scenarios on your own. See CFI Bootcamp’s Endorsement and Scenarios manual to steer you through the regulations and endorsements with descriptions and flow charts.

  6. Student pilots - Working it backward. Sometimes it’s easier to see the list of what is possible and then look at the endorsement. It always has the corresponding FAR that you can then read to see what to do for the training.

    1. Example. Requirements to send a student to another airport within 25 nm. Look at ac 61-65h and find sample endorsement A.8. The regulation is in the title, 61.93(b)(1).

    2. You’ll need to fly with the student over the route in both directions, enter and exit the traffic pattern and perform takeoffs and landings.

  7. Cracking scenarios requires good knowledge of the FAR, AC 61-65H (ac 61-65h), and the ACS or PTS. The only way to get it down is to practice using different scenarios.

    1. This is usually the problem - The CFI giving you ground instruction doesn’t know either. They only tend to know what they teach.

CFI Essentials can help with that or our Online course, which includes CFI Essentials. The course and books guide you through these types of scenarios.

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