Visual Flight Rules (VFR) Flight Currency Items

It looks like you’ve made the choice to see if you are current to fly under Visual Flight Rules (VFR).  Let’s get started by taking a look in your logbook.

Here are a few things you need to ask yourself:

  1. 1.  “Have I received a Flight Review in accordance with FAR 61.56 within the preceding 24 calendar months?”
  2. 2.  “Have I  received a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor certifying that I have satisfactorily completed the review?”
  3. 3.  “Have I performed the necessary take off and landings in the past 90 days, in accordance with FAR 61.57, that allows me to carry passengers?”

In short, those are the items required for you to be current according to the FAR’s.

The Difference Between Proficiency & Currency:

Proficiency, by definition, is a high degree of competence or skill; expertise.  Clearly, you can be “current” within the regulations but may not demonstrate the “proficiency required to be a safe and competent pilot.

As pilots, we are the greatest risk element in all of aviation.  With that, the question should shift from, “Am I current?”, to “What am I doing to increase my level of proficiency?”.

If you find you are in need of a flight review, please visit our Flight Review page and learn more about our monthly Flight Review courses.

Contact Fly There in Chicago, IL to learn how we can develop a plan to help you stay both current and proficient in the VFR environment.