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Quiz: Are You Current For Your Next IFR Flight?

Ready to go flying? Make sure you're current first...


  1. 1) You're taking an IFR flight from Denver to Salt Lake City. How many approaches do you need to perform and log within the preceding 6 months to be current? (in IMC, or with a view-limiting device)
    Adam Sacco

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

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

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  2. 2) Which of these are you required to perform to maintain instrument experience in an airplane?
    Boldmethod

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

    Holding procedures are required to maintain instrument experience.

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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?
    Boldmethod

    You got it. You can combine experience in an airplane and a flight training device. Check out 61.57(c)(4) for the details.

    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) If you're maintaining 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

    You got it. 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 taking two friends on a day IFR flight from Boston to New York to watch a baseball game. How many takeoffs and landings do you need to make within the preceding 90 days to take the flight?
    Jenni Konrad

    You got it. 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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  6. 6) If you're completing your instrument experience tasks (approaches, holding, etc.) in an airplane, when do you need to perform them?
    Boldmethod

    You got it. 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.

    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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You could maintain instrument experience in your sleep.

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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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