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Old 09-25-2008, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by TonyC View Post
3 Takeoffs and Landings, yes, Day and Night, NO

What you're looking for (or should be looking for) is "Pilot qualification: Recent experience."

This kind of stuff is really much too important to just "think" about. Can you imagine the trouble a pilot, or an air carrier, could get into by taking your advice, and learning that it is absolutely incorrect? The thing is, it's not really that hard to consult the actual Code of Federal Regulations that we are supposed to know and follow.

The Code of Federal Regulations

Here's an excerpt:
121.439 Pilot qualification: Recent experience.
(a) No certificate holder may use any person nor may any person serve as a required pilot flight crewmember, unless within the preceding 90 days, that person has made at least three takeoffs and landings in the type airplane in which that person is to serve.

"continually" ... hmm ... now, there's a technical term that I just don't recall having read in conjunction with recency of experience requirements. Again, "thinking" and "memory" aren't always the best guides. Let's continue the above excerpt where I left off:
The takeoffs and landings required by this paragraph may be performed in a visual simulator approved under 121.407 to include takeoff and landing maneuvers.
That's pretty plain and simple. The paragraph goes on to describe how a person who loses currency can reestablish currency in the airplane, or an approved simulator. There is nothing to suggest that using the simulator "continually" is even discouraged, much less prohibited.

Mind you, we're not discussing what is prudent here, or what the NTSB might have recommended -- we're talking about the rules.

Geeze... OK i will just call the training department when that time gets near. Thanks for all the help though guys, seems like this is just one huge GRAY area.

121.439 seems to be the answer but I will just ask the company.
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