SFAR IFR currency rules
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After reading the SFAR and flow charts for IFR currency I am still left with some questions. The first was what is the FAA definition of "incidental to employment or business".  If a business owner flies a plane for business purposes is that the definition? It would seem so in normal vernacular but regulatory speak can sometimes have different interpretations of seemingly simple terms.

Given that and the other restrictions on what flights are ok to fly, can a pilot use the sfar rule to go fly then needed approaches/holds solo in actual IMC to re-establish currency after the normal 6 month period? 

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David Cartwright:
After reading the SFAR and flow charts for IFR currency I am still left with some questions. The first was what is the FAA definition of "incidental to employment or business".  If a business owner flies a plane for business purposes is that the definition? It would seem so in normal vernacular but regulatory speak can sometimes have different interpretations of seemingly simple terms.

Yes. Examples:
  • You're a salesman and you use the plane to fly to meet customers.
  • You're an electronic engineer and you fly to an EE conference.
  • You're a corporate trainer and you fly to your trainees' locations.
  • You're a business owner and you fly to meet another businessman to make some sort of business deal
 
David Cartwright:
Given that and the other restrictions on what flights are ok to fly, can a pilot use the sfar rule to go fly then needed approaches/holds solo in actual IMC to re-establish currency after the normal 6 month period?
If you can find six approaches in the last 9 months and three in the last six, the regulation grants you relief from the regular six month rule, but only if your flight is for one of the listed purposes.  However, if it isn't, there is no relief.  So if you don't meet the "six in six" rule and it isn't a flight for one of the specified purposes, you can't be PIC under IFR just to re-establish currency.  You'll either have to get someone else who is instrument current to be the PIC, or do it under VFR with a hood and a safety pilot, or do it in the sim.