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Currency refers to recency of experience that may be required by aviation authorities in order to operate an aircraft.

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Can the holder of only a Commerical Balloon pilot certificate conduct the ground training for a "Flight Review" for Airplane only rated pilots?

In the U.S., since there is not a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) rating for "lighter-than-air" category pilots, someone who holds only a Commercial Balloon pilot certificate can provide ...
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Initial six calendar months of instrument currency

FAR 61.57 states that to act as PIC under IFR or weather conditions lower than the minimums prescribed for VFR, you must have performed & logged, within the previous 6 calendar months prior to the ...
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How many holds to be IR current?

14 CFR 61.57(c)(1)(ii) requires "Holding procedures and tasks" to be IR current. Within the 6 calendar months preceding the month of the flight, that person performed and logged at least ...
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Can a Student Pilot credit night takeoffs and landings towards meeting FAR 61.57 night passenger carrying requirements once becoming a PPL?

In the U.S., can a Student Pilot (Airplane-SEL) while training with an instructor and being the "sole manipulator of the flight controls," credit 3 takeoffs and landings to a full stop in ...
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Does a hold-entry count as a hold for instrument currency?

So in looking at the instrument currency requirements for the FAA (6 approaches, holds, intercepting & tracking courses), I'm having difficulty nailing down what constitutes a hold. Based on AIM 5-...
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What would reasonably take to get current to fly general aviation aircraft after many years [duplicate]

What would it take to become current? I was a fairly proficient pilot and accumulated around 5000 hours. In 1984, I changed careers and haven't flown since. I was licensed for commercial and ...
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If I'm instrument current in an ASEL, am I also considered current in an AMEL?

FAR §61.57(c)(1): Within the 6 calendar months preceding . . . logged at least the following tasks and iterations in an airplane, powered-lift, helicopter, or airship, as appropriate . . . I would ...
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Is there any publicly available research that projects pilots' loss of proficiency due to lack of flying (or guidelines to prevent it)?

The FAA requires 3 landings every 90 days to stay 'current', but as we all know, currency and proficiency are different things. I'm looking for data than can describe how proficiency loss correlates ...
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Must a CFII be instrument current to provide instrument training?

Can a CFII conduct training for an instrument student in VFR conditions if the CFII isn’t instrument current?
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Landing currency day and night on same ride?

Assume you know when sunset was on a particular day you decided to fly (e.g. 8:30 local time). If you took off at 8pm, repeated 3+ landings in the pattern, then left the pattern for about half an hour,...
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What currency requirements exist specifically for Commercial and ATP pilots that a Private pilot wouldn't know about?

Besides a different medical certificate, what other currency requirements do commercial and ATP pilots have to contend with that a private/instrument pilot would not?
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Instrument Currency Scenarios [closed]

I am currently trying to understand 61.57 and it’s instrument currency requirements for pilots. I have made some 2 scenarios here, and it would be great if I could get some feedback to my questions. ...
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Instrument Currency [closed]

Could anyone help me out with this type of scenario? I just want to make sure I have a solid understanding. What if I did not complete my 1 instrument approach and hold in May? Does this mean I have ...
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For FAA currency purposes, must flight time be in an N-registered aircraft?

I currently hold a Commercial Pilot Certificate issued February,2018. My Flight Review has to be done no later than February 2020. I have convalidated my FAA License to Colombia. The 90 day currency ...
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Is recurrent simulator training required every 12 months whilst acting as SIC under Part 91?

What are the regulations on recurrent training for a crew member who is type rated as PIC but is acting as SIC, flying internationally on a Bombardier Global Express Part 91 operation (not subpart K)? ...
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What qualifies as a "takeoff" and "landing" in currency requirements?

I just met my night-time currency requirements at KONT. Landing and taking off from a 12000 foot runway in a Cessna 152 got me to thinking (always dangerous, I know). There's more than enough room ...
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Does currency in one C172 model apply to other models?

If I am current on one model of a Cessna 172, am I also legally meeting the currency requirements for a different version of the same aircraft model? For example, if I have many hours in a Cessna 172M,...
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Do takeoffs and landings in a Pilatus PC-12 count for currency in a Piper Archer?

I just read this: No person my act as PIC of an aircraft carrying passengers unless, within the preceding 90 days, he/she has made three takeoffs and landings as the sole manipulator of the ...
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Can the Safety Pilot log an approach if acting as PIC?

Suppose you are acting as Safety Pilot and PIC on a flight in IMC. Further suppose that the pilot at the controls is instrument rated but his or her IFR currency has expired. If the other pilot acts ...
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Is it appropriate (legal) to request practice instrument approaches in IMC?

I have always requested practice instrument approaches while maintaining VFR (with a safety pilot or instructor). But I was wondering if there are any issues (legal or otherwise) with requesting ...
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Is it permissible to log an instrument approach for purposes of IFR currency in a non-IFR certified aircraft?

Assume you maintain VFR at all times and you have a qualified safety pilot on board. Can an IFR rated pilot fly practice approaches under the hood (view-limiting device) using an aircraft that is not ...
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How do airline pilots maintain night currency?

Does flying as an airline pilot under 14 CFR 121 provide different ways to maintain night currency? Suppose a pilot were to bid only day trips and end up flying only during the day for over 90 days. ...
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Is a biennial flight review valid for any airplane category?

If I do a biennial flight review (BFR) in a glider, does it also satisfy my BFR requirement for powered flight (ASEL)?
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Can I maintain my IR currency from the right seat in a non "N" registered aircraft?

I completed my IFR checkride on the 15th of May this year, the next day I moved to Spain to study my EASA ATPL (airline transport pilot license). A friend of mine here in Spain is doing his time ...
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Currency - is a safety pilot a passenger per the regs (FAA)? [duplicate]

Per the regs in FAR 61.57, for a pilot trying to get current (for night or day) that is presently not current for carrying passengers, in a Cessna 172 where only one crew member is required, would a ...
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Is it true that as of 2014, flight reviews are waived for current flight instructors under FAA rules?

I'm assuming this is false, or I wouldn't be asking... Just the other day, another flight instructor in my local area, whom I know, told me: "... new rule as of 2014: if you keep your CFI current, ...
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Can I bring a person with me while getting landing current if they're a licensed, current pilot?

It's been over 90 days since I've been flying, but I have a biennial flight review coming up pretty soon and would like to prep for it. The regulations regarding this seem to be extremely vague, but ...
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Can a view limiting device be used in an aircraft requiring two pilots?

Can a pilot use a VLD for IFR currency if the aircraft requires two pilots? Can it be used while carrying passengers? If so, is this ever done? I'm thinking of part 121 airline pilots under FAA.
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Do Landings in a Simulator Count Towards Landing Currency? (FAA in the USA)

If a pilot is trying to complete 3 day or night landings every 90 days in a multi-engine aircraft in order to be multi-engine current per FAA requirements, can those landings be done in a Simulator or ...
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Should 3 takeoffs and landings to stay day current be solo?

Let's assume that I fly every weekend with a friend which is not a pilot. Can I log that time as PIC and count the takeoffs and landings toward the currency requirement as stated below: Sec. 61....
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What techniques professional pilots use to keep their piloting skills sharp when not flying for an extended period?

I don't get to fly as often as I'd like. I know that simulators are good for brushing up on technique, learning new systems, etc. Are there techniques that pros use (commercial or military) to stay ...
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Can I fly IFR in VMC if my instrument rating is not current?

If my IFR rating is not current, does this mean I can't fly by IFR, or does it just mean that I can't fly in IMC? It seems that if it's just the latter, then it would make sense to fly IFR if the ...
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Is training required under §61.55 to move from PIC to SIC?

I am current as PIC in type on a jet requiring two crew members. I will be out of currency as PIC soon and my company wants me to move to SIC position when that happens. Am I required to have ...
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Is it possible to log IFR currency in a flight simulator without an instructor?

A flight simulator system company has a system that they say lets you "Log IFR Currency without an Instructor." Can someone explain to me how exactly that works? Does that mean that an Instrument ...
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What's the reasoning for full-stop landings at night but touch-and-gos during the day for passenger currency?

FAR 61.57 says that you need to have completed three takeoffs and landings to a full stop in order to carry passengers at night. However, you only need three touch-and-gos in order to carry passengers ...
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Can a "crash landing" be used for FAR 61.57 currency?

FAR 61.57 (a) requires that one must make 3 takeoffs and landings within the preceding 90 days in order to carry passengers. Does a "crash landing" count for the 61.57 currency? By "crash landing" I ...
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Does a Second In Command have to be landing and instrument current like a Pilot In Command does?

When flying an airplane that requires more than one crew member, does the SIC need to be landing current and instrument current, or is this a requirement only for the PIC? Does it matter which ...
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Can I log instrument flight time for currency purposes in an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD)?

Advisory Circular AC 61-136 which outlines the approval and limitations of flight training devices seems to contradict 14 CFR 61.57(c). To what extent can I use an AATD for instrument currency? In ...
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Can I count PIC time when regaining night currency with an instructor?

Let's say I want to get night current again, but I haven't flown at night recently so I hire an instructor to fly with me. If I don't count PIC time I don't see a problem, I would just log it as dual ...
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What are the weather requirements to log an instrument approach?

So let's assume that I'm the sole manipulator of the flight controls in an aircraft in which I'm rated and that I fly an instrument approach. What weather does the FAA require (assuming that I'm not ...
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