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I'm working on my instrument rating and wondering if I can practice ILS approaches without an instructor? Using a safety pilot, also not instrument rated, could I call approach stating VFR would like ILS into X. Or do I just call the tower and ask for it there? Or can I only do this with an instructor?

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This would be in the US. –  Clarke76 Jul 18 at 10:17
    
Meh! :D I'll leave my answer until someone produces the FAA-equivalent of my references. –  SentryRaven Jul 18 at 10:23
    
Appreciate the answer SentryRaven. I'd leave your answer no matter what. Useful for others in Germany. Thanks! –  Clarke76 Jul 18 at 23:20

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Sure you can! There's nothing wrong with shooting practice approaches if you're not instrument rated (in the US, at least) as long as you don't actually accept an IFR clearance.

You would probably be better off asking approach control for practice approaches rather than tower, if you have approach available to you.

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A useful addition might be if you know whether/what difference there is in what you can log. –  Jan Hudec Jul 18 at 7:45

Yes, you can request practice approaches under VFR, however you or a safety pilot needs to take over airspace monitoring if you put on an IFR hood.

Unless your question is FAA specific, here are some excerpt from the German AIP.

562 VFR-PRACTICE APPROACHES

562.1 A practice approach may be approved for VFR-flights intending to use an instrument approach procedure for training purposes.

562.2 When giving heading and altitude recommendations during VFR-practice
approaches, it shall be explicitly emphasised that it is a suggestion.

562.3 If appropriate, altitude information shall be provided to ensure compliance with the minimum safe height.

And also the associated phraseology to request:

A: REQUEST (type of IFR approach) PRACTICE APPROACH VFR
G: (type of IFR approach) PRACTICE APPROACH VFR APPROVED / NOT APPROVED

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