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:
- You will be acting as PIC during your checkride.
- You could possibly be flying in instrument meteorological conditions and/or under instrument flight rules.
- 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.