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I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post this question, but I think it will be the place most likely to find someone able to give a good answer.
I am a CFI, but not instrument current. I went flying today in IMC with an instrument rated and current private pilot friend of mine. We took turns flying, any other day we would either just split the time or call it an instruction flight and both take all the time and log his time as dual given. Today was different though being in IMC.
Can I log the IMC time and the approach (and count the approach towards currency)? My argument is that I cannot as I was not legal to act as PIC in that situation. The argument could also be made that I am a rated pilot acting within the limits of my certificate.
I don't want someone to see actual time being logged without me being able to prove currency. Probably won't ever be an issue, but I still want to keep the logbook as correct as possible.
That's a question I've thought about too. I hold an ATPL/IR which is current, and I also hold an unrestricted FI rating. My CFI pointed out to me that until such time I renew my IMC rating I cannot fly in cloud in a single crew aircraft albeit I can teach IMC in VFR conditions. I'm not sure if he's correct but I've taken the safe option in renewing my IMC rating.
Strikes me (in answer to the OP's post) that unless US regs are substantially different to the European regs, then unless your friend held a current CFI rating, then as soon as the aircraft went IMC/IFR you were a passenger handling the controls, and can't log that proportion of time at-all.
Dmahan, whatever you log makes no difference to instrument currency.
If you are already not instrument current (6 approaches / hold / tracking), logging an approach and time makes no difference - you need an IPC to get your instrument privileges back (FAR 61.57 (d))
I would talke your view that, since you lacked capacity to be PIC, you cannot log the time. The typical situations - IR training (where both CFII and student can log PIC) and safety/lookout pilot (where the safety pilot can log PIC in addition to the pilot flying the aircraft) do not really apply in this case.
I think bose-x answered the original question very concisely!
My CFI pointed out to me that until such time I renew my IMC rating I cannot fly in cloud in a single crew aircraft albeit I can teach IMC in VFR conditions.
You can teach basic instrument flying using your unrestricted FI rating without any further qualification however; to teach applied IF you need to hold an IRI qualification and a valid instrument qualification. You can't teach IMC, it is a state of the weather!
Many thanks Whopity but its still as clear as mud to me... but maybe thats because I've had a 20 year break away from instructing and the ratings and terminology seems to have changed since my time.
I'm going to write to to the CAA to see if I can get a fuller explanation because "applied instrument flying" doesn't explain anything at all to me! All I need to know is, "am I allowed to teach the IMC syllabus or not?"
Mine is a CAA ATPL issued in accordance with ICAO and JAR-FCL standards. It shows I have an IMC rating for which I was tested again recently, that's additional to my multi crew IR which is also current.
Questions still remaining are...
1. Is an IMC renewal a legal requirement, additional to a current multi-crew IR?
2. I still need to get my head around the term "applied instrument flying" I still don't know what that actually means?
Yes it is a seperate national rating. Intially they did give it and said that a MPA IR kept it current.
Then an ATPL MPA IR crashed on partial panel so they had a rethink and said you had to do the test. Can't really get worked up about that to be honest.
If you have a look through lasors at the IRI qualification
Basically its anything which leads to an instrument rating. The pre JAR FI rating made you get this restriction removed before you became unrestricted and JAR you didn't. EASA have a seperate rating the IRI which is going to cause problems with keeping people valid.
It has always been that any FI could teach the 180 to escape cloud instrument flying for PPL/NPPL.
There was a method under JAR that you could keep a SPA SEP IR valid through experence hooked on the back of your MPA IR. Only ever met one pilot that managed that and don't have a clue if you can do it under EASA.
Sounds like you have a JAR license which means no imbeded rights of the IMC.
The JAR/EASA CPL has 10 hours of IF, this falls within the privileges of a JAA/EASA FI and does not require the IRI qualification, the training does not include any instrument approaches. Under EASA the same 10 hours can also be called the Basic Instrument Flight Module (BIFM) which actually requires an IRI to teach, although the same syllabus can still be taught on the EASA CPL by a FI. No wonder people are confused!
The parts of the UK IMC that do not involve approaches can also be taught by a FI without the " No applied Instrument" restriction being removed. This has always been the case, but as AFIs had to have the Restriction removed in order to upgrade to FI then it seldom occurred.
As the authors don't know their arse from their elbow it could say anything!
1. JAR-FCL CPL(A) holder without an IR(A) To gain an IMC rating a JAR-CPL(A) holder will be required to complete the following:- i. 5 hours of applied dual instrument instruction in accordance with the IMC Rating syllabus and; ii. pass an initial IMC Rating Flight Test.
The other 10 hours IF being completed on a CPL Course where the instructor is not IRI qualified!
CAP 804 States:
Instruction on the course may only be given by an IRI or by an FI who is qualified to teach applied instrument flying.
All FIs are qualified to teach basic instrument flying but not necessarily Applied IF!
Then for the usual bit of inconsistency
3.4 Rating Approach Types The syllabus for the IMC Rating requires a minimum of training and testing in proficiency in 2 approach types. IMC rating holders are strongly urged to undergo further training with an appropriately qualified flight instructor before attempting to fly additional approach types.
Urgghh! does this imply parts of the course can be conducted by someone who is not qualified to teach approaches?
Location: Quite near 'An aerodrome somewhere in England'
1. In Brave New Euroland, the only 'applied instrument' instructional criteria are those required in order to provide instruction for the IR. Such instruction may be provided either by an IRI or by an FI who meets the stated criteria.
2. Anyone who currently instructs / examines for the IMC Rating may continue to do so into the future, assuming that all relevant ratings / certificates remain valid. This will also apply to the 'IR(Restricted)' - which is identical to the IMC Rating in all but name.
3. However, the CAA has not yet formulated suitable requirements for future IMCr / IR(R) instructors / examiners - i.e. those who won't be qualified to do so before 17 Sep 2012 but would like to be at some future time. AOPA has submitted a paper which proposes a solution, but the CAA won't take this to EASA until it knows whether our NPA 2011-16 comments have been accepted.