Instrument Proficiency Check

CFR Part 61.57 Paragraph (d) pg 63 FAR/AIM 2016

Instrument proficiency check. Except as provided in paragraph (e) of this section, a person who has failed to meet the instrument experience requirements of paragraph (c) for more than six calendar months may re-establish instrument currency only by completing an instrument proficiency check.

Assuming that you were current during the first 6 months but then did nothing to maintain your instrument experience requirement during the second 6 month period you would have failed to meet the Instrument Currency requirements ‘for more than six calendar months‘.

This is sometimes referred to as in Instrument Competency Check (ICC) In short, it’s an informal refresher for those pilots who don’t regularly log actual IMC and/oractual IFR approaches. Most commonly an IPC is used to simply restore IFR currency.

There are no required FAA minimum hours of instruction for an IPC. An IPC is endorsed in a pilot’s logbook by a CFII (Certified Flight Instructor Instrument) allowing that pilot to act as PIC (Pilot In Command) on an IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) flight plan and/or in IMC(Instrument Meteorological Conditions). An IPC makes an instrument rated pilot “current” again, and resets the clock on the required six approaches in six months to be instrument“current”

Instrument Rating PTS (Practical Test Standards) states that the following tasks must be accomplished in order for a CFII to endorse an IPC in a pilot’s logbook:

  • Recovery from unusual attitudes
  • Intercepting and tracking navigational systems and DME arcs
  • Holding Procedures
  • Non-Precision approach
  • Precision approach
  • Missed approach
  • Circling approach
  • Landing from a straight in or circling approach
  • Approach with loss of primary flight instrument indicators
  • Checking Instrument and equipment

To exercise the privileges on a multi engine aircraft the following must also be accomplished:

  • One engine inoperative during straight and level flight and turns
  • One engine inoperative Instrument Approach(OEI)

Requirements of FAR 61.57

Within the 6 calendar months preceding the month of the flight, that person performed and logged at least the following tasks and iterations in an airplane for the instrument rating privileges to be maintained in actual weather conditions, or under simulated conditions using a view-limiting device that involves having performed the following:

  • Six instrument approaches.
  • Holding procedures and tasks.
  • Intercepting and tracking courses through the use of navigational electronic systems