As a student I'm almost at the required 15 hours with a CFII. I know I could continue this route to 40 hours and feel likely that I will need at least another 10 with a CFII. But how to I acquire the rest, barring a flight simulator? 1) Does it requires a instrument rated safety pilot? 2) A VFR safety pilot - but we never file an IFR plan - so does it count? Any suggestions? The thought was to try to accelerate and reduce some costs. Appreciate any suggested paths.