Although this is a SR2N forum, I hope somebody out there can answer a question I have on the regulations concerning IFR currency. This might be interesting for all.
The regs state that in order to be able to file IFR, a pilot must (among other things), have performed 6 instrument approaches either in actual or simulated conditions in the past 6 months. I can’t find a complete definition of “actual” conditions. Here’s the scenario:
A typical approach might be the ILS approach at Prescott, AZ. The plate shows that the IAF is on the localizer (Humty). From there you proceed to a VOR and do the usual “twists and turns” etc. until you’re safely on the ground.
The question is: What part of the approach has to be IMC to be qualified as actual? Anytime before the IAF? Once you are past the IAF?
I can’t find anything in the regs that define this. Most of the instructors I’ve talked to aren’t sure but “guess” that if you are in IMC when you cross the IAF and then complete the approach in VFR, it legal.
I realize that it’s all about honesty when filling out your logbook, but I’m interested if someone has “the answer”.