Instrument Current OR Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC)?
Maintaining instrument currency in NYC is very time-consuming, and with the new changes in the regulation in 2018, there is no reason NOT to stay instrument current. Staying instrument current using an Aviation Training Device (ATD) should be as easy as flying an airplane without leaving Manhattan.
How to Stay Instrument Current?
To act as PIC under Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) or participate in an IFR environment, regardless of whether you are flying solo. To stay instrument currently in an airplane, you must have complied with 14CFR61.57(c), which states a pilot must have performed and logged the following task within the preceding 6 calendar months:
- Six instrument approaches.
- Holding procedures and tasks.
- Intercepting and tracking courses through the use of navigational electronic systems.
To comply with the "Intercepting and tracking," you must use approaches that require the use of navigational equipment; you cannot only fly Precision Approach Radar (PAR) or Airport Surveillance Radar (ASR) approaches to meet the requirement. Using an Aviation Training Device to stay instrument current will not be a factor as all of your approaches will be using the airplane's navigational system.
Getting the most out of using an ATD for your instrument currency:
Whether you use a CFI-I or plan to use an ATD by yourself, stay current. Here are some tips you should do every session to make your simulated flight more realistic.
1. Watch out for a playlist of Instrument Approaches. They serve as a blueprint to help you practice and develop your flow to keep up in simulator lessons and the real airplane.
2. Use PilotEdge: PilotEdge is a paid service of a live person acting as ATC, using proper phraseology, radio, and instrument procedures.
Using PilotEdge will allow you to increase your workload and become more comfortable talking with ATC, and if you make a mistake is better to do it in a controlled environment. (we do not provide PilotEdge on our AATD)
3. Use the Geo Reference on your Electronic Flight Bag with the sim, or you might want to turn it off if you are always relying on it.
Most ATD will allow you to sync your EFB with the sim, providing you the real-time simulator location in your EFB, which is great if you are not comfortable using an EFB.
However, if your life depends on the Geo Reference and your situation awareness is lacking, might want to turn it OFF and rely on the airplane navigation systems.