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PIC Instrument Currency Question
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If a PART 91 pilot completes an IPC is January, he’s now “current” for 6 months (February - 31 July). If, on 1 August the PIC did not complete 6 approaches, a hold and a track, he’s now unable to file and fly IFR. Here’s my question, the PIC now has 6 months (August - January) to regain currency (flying with a safety pilot / CFII) before an IPC is required, correct? 

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Correct.

Another way to look at it is if it's been more than 6 months since you were last current, you need an IPC.
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Thanks Ron!  Much appreciated.
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I always find it easier to apply the regulation as it is written, which requires looking backwards versus looking forwards. For maintaining currency before having to fly with a safety pilot, look within the 6 calendar months preceding the month in which you want to file an IFR flight. In your example, you want to file IFR in August, so the six month period you have meet the 61.57(c)(1) is February - July. If not met during that time you then have 6 months to fly with a safety pilot, August - January. After that time you need an IPC.
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And by the way, the FAA has simplified currency maintenance by allowing the use of simulators. Reference 61.57(c)(2). Although it is never as good as actual flight, it is an excellent alternative and has many benefits.
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Prometheus At AOPA:
And by the way, the FAA has simplified currency maintenance by allowing the use of simulators. Reference 61.57(c)(2). Although it is never as good as actual flight, it is an excellent alternative and has many benefits.

Agreed.  Just remember it has to be an FAA-approved flight simulation device, and they aren't cheap -- $5500 and up.  But the good news is that the FAA deleted the requirement for an instructor to be present in order to log it for recent experience requirements.

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I agree with you Prometheus, and this is how I go about tracking. Thanks for the input, much appreciated.