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Quiz: Are You Current For Your Next IFR Flight?

Are you current?


  1. 1) You're getting yourself IFR current. Which of these do you have to perform?
    Fly For Fun

    You got it. Holding procedures are required to maintain instrument experience.

    You got it. Holding procedures are required to maintain instrument experience.

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  2. 2) You're flying IFR from Santa Monica to Napa County airport. How many approaches do you need to perform and log within the preceding 6 months to be current? (in IMC or with view-limiting device)
    Adam Sacco

    You got it. You need to perform and log 6 approaches within the preceding 6 calendar months.

    You got it. You need to perform and log 6 approaches within the preceding 6 calendar months.

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  3. 3) Can you combine instrument experience in an airplane and a flight training device in the preceding 6 calendar months to maintain your required instrument experience?
    SegFault

    Yep, you can combine experience in an airplane and a flight training device. Check out 61.57(c)(4) for the details.

    Yep, you can combine experience in an airplane and a flight training device. Check out 61.57(c)(4) for the details.

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  4. 4) You're getting your instrument experience in a flight training device. How many approaches do you need to fly and log within the preceding 6 months to be current?
    Suzi Walker

    Just like in an airplane, you need to perform and log 6 approaches in a flight training device. However, in a flight training device, you need to receive instruction from an authorized instructor (CFII) to log the approaches.

    Just like in an airplane, you need to perform and log 6 approaches in a flight training device. However, in a flight training device, you need to receive instruction from an authorized instructor (CFII) to log the approaches.

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  5. 5) You're completing your instrument experience (approaches, holding, etc.) in an airplane. When do you need to perform them?
    Matthew Piatt

    In this case, it doesn't matter. FAR 61.57(c)(1) doesn't specify a time of day, only that the tasks are performed in actual weather conditions, or by using a view-limiting device.

    In this case, it doesn't matter. FAR 61.57(c)(1) doesn't specify a time of day, only that the tasks are performed in actual weather conditions, or by using a view-limiting device.

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  6. 6) You're taking two friends on a day IFR flight from Chicago to Milwaukee to watch a baseball game. How many takeoffs and landings do you need to make within the preceding 90 days to take the flight?
    Tommy Wiklind / Flickr

    Just like VFR flight, you need 3 takeoffs and landings within the preceding 90 days to carry passengers.

    Just like VFR flight, you need 3 takeoffs and landings within the preceding 90 days to carry passengers.

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Looks like you're not quite current...

You scored % But hey, just study up a little and you'll have this currency thing down.


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Not bad, you're almost current for that flight...

You scored % You're almost there. Just a little more work and you'll have this IFR currency thing down.


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Well, it looks like someone's been studying the FARs...

You scored % You're pretty much a walking, talking FAR/AIM. Congratulations!


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Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at colin@boldmethod.com.

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