As my instrument currency lapses tomorrow for the umpteenth time I was thinking about what it takes for me to stay current (both legally and practically). I need to make:
- day VFR flights for PIC
- instrument approaches/holds for IFR
- night flights for night PIC
- flights in a complex plane, day and night and, ideally, some approaches
- flights in a high performance plane, day and night and, ideally, some approaches
I don’t know how someone with multi-engine ratings would keep everything current! But if I think about the cost of just keeping up with all those things I’m not sure I’d be able to afford to go on any cross-country trips. Right now I’m night current, and will get my (expiring tomorrow) instrument currency back next week, but its been so long since I flew the 182RG that I think I’ll get my CFI to ride along with me before I sit behind the pointy end of that.
Maybe what I need is a calendar with these flights mapped out so I can keep up with it all. How do other people keep current?