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I have not flown for 3 years which means I am not current at this time. I will start my CFI and CFII course next week. My question is can I start my training for the mentioned ratings without being current? I have searched and asked CFIs, some say yes and some say no and the FAR is not very clear about this point. Please answer with reference if available. Thank you in advance for your time. 



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  1. Wes Beard on Aug 15, 2014

    The FARs are pretty clear. The only time you need to be current is when you are exercising the rights of your license as a required crew member. Flight training usually doesn’t require two crew members so as long as your instructor is capable of acting as the pilot in command you do not have to be current.

    Reference 61.57 and notice it only applies to the legal pilot in command.

    You don’t need to be current to start training for any certificate or rating. Undoubtedly, by the time you’re ready for the checkride you’ll be current.

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  2. Sans on Aug 15, 2014

    Wes, thank you for your answer but when I take the check-ride (after completing my CFI training) would’t I have to act as PIC; if yes, how would I be able to act as PIC while I am not current? My main point, would the examiner accept to conduct my check if he sees no flight review in my logbook within the proceeding 24 month?

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  3. Sam Dawson on Aug 15, 2014

    If you are training for your CFI and CFII you should be able to get the instructor to sign off your flight review as well as the training you will be doing fulfills the requirements of FAR 61.56. If the instructor won’t find a different instructor.

    “61.56 Flight review.
    (a) Except as provided in paragraphs (b) and (f) of this section, a flight review consists of a minimum of 1 hour of flight training and 1 hour of ground training. The review must include:
    (1) A review of the current general operating and flight rules of part 91 of this chapter; and
    (2) A review of those maneuvers and procedures that, at the discretion of the person giving the review, are necessary for the pilot to demonstrate the safe exercise of the privileges of the pilot certificate.”

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  4. Sans on Aug 15, 2014

    Sam, Thank you. I think what you said is the best option so that I avoid any problem with the examiner regarding this issue.

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  5. Mark Kolber on Aug 16, 2014

    I understand the question about needing to be current to start a phase of training. But I’m trying to understand how one even figures to go through CFI training without becoming current in the process.

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