What is meant by “instrument current”?

Some of ATP’s flight training courses carry an “instrument current” prerequisite. Instrument currency is required for three reasons:

  1. You will be acting as PIC during your checkride.
  2. You could possibly be flying in instrument meteorological conditions and/or under instrument flight rules.
  3. The accelerated timeline of the course does not necessarily provide time to obtain instrument currency.

So what exactly does “Instrument Current” mean?

You must be instrument current per FAR 61.57(c):

  • …no person may act as pilot in command under IFR or in weather conditions less than the minimums prescribed for VFR, unless within the preceding 6 calendar months, that person has…performed and logged under actual or simulated instrument conditions, either in flight in the appropriate category of aircraft for the instrument privileges sought or in a flight simulator or flight training device that is representative of the aircraft category for the instrument privileges sought—
    • (i) At least six instrument approaches;
    • (ii) Holding procedures; and
    • (iii) Intercepting and tracking courses through the use of navigation systems.

If you are unsure, please give us a call at 904-595-7950 to discuss what program we recommend for someone with your flight experience.