Does my CFI need to be night current in order to train on night landings?
Joined 01/28/2020 - 13 Posts
Answered By AOPA
You’re about to go up and get some recurrent training on night landings and operations from your local CFI. The problem is that you’re not night current to carry passengers, and neither is the instructor. Does one of you have to be night current to carry passengers to do this flight?
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Joined 01/30/2020 - 34 Posts
AOPA Staff Answer
Neither you nor the instructor need to be current under 61.57(b) to do this flight. This is because the flight is being conducted for the purpose of flight training, so neither of you are considered passengers, even if the student isn’t yet rated in the aircraft. The FAA letter of interpretation covering this can be found here ( - (2007) Legal Interpretation.pdf).