Biennial and instrument currency

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Biennial and instrument currency

Posted by Paul Donato on Dec 11, 2018 1:38 pm

hi, I accidentally let my biennial lapse by 10 days and so have one scheduled for next week I am instrument current till January but need 4 approaches to stay that way. Does anyone know if I have to get an IPC to stay current or can I just shoot the approaches after the biennial. I have tried to figur it out from FAR but give up.  Thanks 
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Re: Biennial and instrument currency

Posted by Ronald Levy on Dec 12, 2018 3:11 pm

Instrument currency and the flight review requirement are completely independent issues governed by separate regulations.  If your flight review currency per 14 CFR 61.56 has lapsed, then you cannot fly as PIC under any conditions or in any aircraft until you fix that problem.  If you are now IFR current per 14 CFR 61.57(c), then as soon as you get your flight review currency back, you are legal to fly as PIC under IFR.  It sounds like you'll have four of your six approaches fall out the back of the six-month lookback on 12/31.  In that case, you have six months to get yourself back in IFR currency before you are required to take an IPC.

That said, if you've only flown two approaches in the last five months, you might want to think about whether just going out by yourself and flying four approaches will put your IFR proficiency back where it needs to be.  You might consider whether you want to get at least a bit of instrument refresher training with an instrument flight instructor before going out IFR into the goo by yourself -- consider it a matter of "legal" versus "proficient".