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Commercial Trike Pilot

The following is my proposal for a Commercial Trike Pilot License (weight-shift control aircraft pilot certificate) . The hours are more than a Private Pilot WSC and in some cases lower that a commercial airplane certificate. Instrument and complex aircraft requirements were taken out.

Although the complete subpart F would have to be rewritten to add weight-shift control trikes, the aeronautical experience here is the basis of the pilot requirements. Like all the other categories, a Private pilot WSC would be a requirement to a commercial weight-shift control certificate.

As for all commercial pilot certificates, a second class medical would most likely be required.

It is recommended that a night flying restriction be available for a commerccial pilot WSC rating in 61.131 same as private (commercial airplane does not allow this restriction).

Same as

§ 61.129 Aeronautical experience.

(j) For a weight-shift control (WSC) rating. Except as provided in paragraph (i) of this section, a person who applies for a commercial pilot certificate with WSC category rating must log at least 250 hours of flight time as a pilot that consists of at least:

(1) 100 hours in powered aircraft, of which 50 hours must be in weight-shift control .

(2) 100 hours of pilot-in-command flight time, which includes at least—

(i) 50 hours in weight-shift control ; and

(ii) 50 hours in cross-country flight of which at least 10 hours must be in weight-shift control.

(3) 20 hours of training on the areas of operation listed in §61.127(?)(?) of this part that includes at least—

(i) One 2-hour cross country flight in a weight-shift control aircraft in daytime conditions that consists of a total straight-line distance of more than 100 nautical miles from the original point of departure;

(ii) Except as provided in 61.131, one 2-hour cross country flight in a weight-shift control in nighttime conditions that consists of a total straight-line distance of more than 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure; and

(iii) Three hours in a weight-shift control with an authorized instructor in preparation for the practical test within the preceding 2 calendar months from the month of the test.

(4) Ten hours of solo flight time in a weight-shift control with an authorized instructor on board (that include—

(i) One cross-country flight of not less than 150 nautical miles total distance, with landings at a minimum of three points, one of which is a straight-line distance of at least 100 nautical miles from the original departure point. However, if this requirement is being met in Hawaii, the longest segment need only have a straight-line distance of at least 100 nautical miles; and

(ii) Except as provided in 61.131, 5 hours in night VFR conditions with 10 takeoffs and 10 landings (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport with an operating control tower.

Same as the private pilot night flying, add a night flying restriction to the commercial 61.131
61.131 addition:
(c) A person who does not meet the night flying requirements in §61.129 (j) may be issued a private pilot certificate with the limitation “Night flying prohibited.” This limitation may be removed by an examiner if the holder complies with the night flying requirememts.

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