Does my CFI need to be night current in order to train on night landings?
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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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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 (https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/agc/practice_areas/regulations/interpretations/data/interps/2006/kortokrax%20-%20%282006%29%20legal%20interpretation.pdf).
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I could be either slow or just old or both. The FAA reference URL discusses cross country flying and the distance and time requirements therein, barely mentioning night flying. Is this FAA reference incorrect for this discussion? What am I missing?
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Yup. Ron got it right....
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Thanks Ron Levy for sending me to the correct URL reference letter re 61.57(b) instruction.

Paul Lucia
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All that legal stuff said...

The fact that something is legal doesn't necessarily mean it's smart.  If your instructor has a ton of night experience, being out of legal currency might not compromise their ability to get the plane safely on the ground in the pitch dark with the landing light failed (gotta figure it might happen) despite not having practiced it lately.  But if not, you're taking a risk, and you and the instructor need to think about how serious that risk is and whether the return is worth that risk.
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Ron:
Thanks for straightening out the reference link and for your insight and advice. I could be the CFI.

Paul Lucia
 
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Get real!  If your CFI is experienced in all night operations, being one day out of the 3 month time frame isn't going make a bit of difference.  All resonable risk for each flight are considered by the CFI and the training pilot whether or not it is day or night.  We all have manage risk.  If you feel the risk out weighs the need for the flight.  Stay on the ground.😥
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Which calls into question what else the CFI has let slide. 
....seriously, I don’t teach if I’m not current.....
....instruments—> the database has to be current. I have to be IFR current.
....landing—>landing current

‘jus say’in......