November 29, 2013
Question: An air carrier that operates airplanes under 14 CFR Part 135 has shown interest in hiring me. The job is mine as long as I meet the Part 135 requirements for pilot in command under IFR. If I have 1,100 hours of total flight time, have I met the requirements?
Answer: No. 14 CFR Part 135.243 describes the minimum requirements for serving as pilot in command on an IFR flight. When it comes to total flight time, a pilot must have 1,200 hours. As well as having 1,200 hours, the pilot must also have at least 500 hours of cross-country flight time, 100 hours of night flight time, and 75 hours of instrument flight time. Source: FAR 135.243
Safety and Education
A collision near Frederick Municipal Airport Oct. 23 claimed three lives and left the local aviation community–including AOPA–in mourning.
Aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin stirred the pot with an Oct. 15 announcement that compact fusion could power vehicles, even aircraft, within a decade. Skeptics were quick to speak up, while Lockheed filed for patents and hopes to find partners in government, academia, and industry.
On Oct. 18, STEM education moved from classrooms to cockpits in Lansing, Michigan, and made a lasting impression.
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