NWADC9
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Instrument Currency - Tracking

Tue Mar 22, 2011 4:27 am

One thing that has stumped me since instrument training is part of the currency requirements. To maintain IFR currency, six approaches, holding procedures, and intercepting and tracking navaids must have been performed within the past six months according to 61.57c. But does the "intercepting and tracking" part really matter? How else are you going to shoot an approach (unless you're doing ASRs all the time) or fly the inbound leg of a hold?
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RE: Instrument Currency - Tracking

Tue Mar 22, 2011 4:53 am

IIRC, it is hard to document anything beyond shooting the approaches...I think if you just document the approaches (in the comments section of your log entries) you should be fine. Of course, to remain faithful to the holding part, the best way to do this is to fly the approaches to the published missed.
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RE: Instrument Currency - Tracking

Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:56 am

Quoting NWADC9 (Thread starter):
But does the "intercepting and tracking" part really matter?

Practical answer: no.

Legal answer: maybe. It's possible that some diabolical FAA guy could cite you for not specifically logging intercepting and tracking, though more likely than not just logging the type of approach would be enough. But if you want to be perfectly technical about it, log the intercepting and tracking (and, of course, it's possible to do just intercepting and tracking on an IFR flight, if you shoot a visual approach at your destination and don't hold anywhere along the way).

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 1):
Of course, to remain faithful to the holding part, the best way to do this is to fly the approaches to the published missed.

Or just ask to stay in a racetrack procedure turn (if there is one) a couple of times before shooting the approach.

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