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61.57 Recent flight experience: Pilot in command is confusing me!

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Hi everyone! I'm a commercial multi-engine pilot and I did my training about 3 months ago. I'm from Colombia, South America and went back my country to do a convalidation of my license therefore I haven't flown in more than 90 days. I understand I cannot carry any passenger or cargo if I didn't make 3 landings and takeoffs. Since I didn't make it, how can I recover my flight experience? Do I need to do it and that's it? Or I have to do it with a CFI? I can't really remember about this one! Thanks in advance!

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  1. Wes Beard on Aug 05, 2013

    You stated you can’t take passengers or cargo. I don’t think you flying doll is considered as taking a passenger.

    Go up by yourself and log the three landings.

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  2. Mark Kolber on Aug 05, 2013

    61.57 landng currency says nothing about cargo. It’s strictly a passenger-carrying limitation.

    “Can I do it myself” is one of those frequently asked questions that has it’s roots in trying to make the rule even more complicated than they already are.

    Leaving out the part about acting as PIC in a multi-pilot crew, 61.57(a) and (b) simply say you can’t “act as a pilot in command of an aircraft carrying passengers…unless that person has made at least three takeoffs and three landings …”

    It only says that you can’t act as PIC with passengers, which means you are welcome to fly solo to get re-current.

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