Night Flight Currency
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Joined 02/28/2020 - 2 Posts
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I am a certificated private pilot working on my instrument rating with an instructor under Part 61. With the way things have gone, we are both out of night currency. Is this article still correct?

https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2008/april/flight-training-magazine/legal-briefing

Can we go up for a lesson at night, have me do 3 landings to full stop and him do 3 landings full stop to gain currency? Can anyone point me toward FAA legal interpretations that support this?
 
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Joined 06/11/2017 - 789 Posts
The Kortokrax interpretation on which that article is based has not been changed, so yes, you can go up for training at night with an instructor even though neither of you is night current per 61.57(b).  And yes, if during that flight you make three takeoffs and three landings to a full stop, you will then be current to fly at night with a passenger.  Your instructor could also do that, and also become night current.  Your instructor must remember that s/he must make their own landings as sole manipulator to count them -- instructors don't get credit for landings made by their trainees.
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Joined 02/28/2020 - 2 Posts
Thank you. Apparently this question was also posed under training and I didn't search there for it, so apologize for the duplicate thread.
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Joined 06/11/2017 - 789 Posts
You mean this one?  No worries.  Just make sure when you do look there, you note what Bruce and I said about legality versus proficiency, and the wisdom of doing this unless the instructor has enough night experience to be safe without being current.