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Avian Flight Center will not dispatch a flight unless an appropriate aircraft checkout has been completed and it is determined the renter meets all appropriate recency of flight requirements. In addition, the renter must have flown the appropriate category and class airplane with Avian within the preceding 90 days (at night if the flight is to be completed 1 hour after sunset or commence 1 hour before sunrise).

If recency with Avian has lapsed, you may be asked to accomplish a 90 Day Aircraft Aircraft Proficiency Checkout.

Pertinent FAR Excerpts*

§ 61.57 Recent flight experience: Pilot in command

  1. General experience
    1. Except as provided in paragraph (e) of this section, no person may act as a pilot in command of an aircraft carrying passengers or of an aircraft certificated for more than one pilot flight crewmember unless that person has made at least three takeoffs and three landings within the preceding 90 days, and--
      1. The person acted as the sole manipulator of the flight controls; and
      2. The required takeoffs and landings were performed in an aircraft of the same category, class, and type (if a type rating is required), and, if the aircraft to be flown is an airplane with a tailwheel, the takeoffs and landings must have been made to a full stop in an airplane with a tailwheel.
    2. For the purpose of meeting the requirements of paragraph (a)(1) of this section, a person may act as a pilot in command of an aircraft under day VFR or day IFR, provided no persons or property are carried on board the aircraft, other than those necessary for the conduct of the flight.
    3. The takeoffs and landings required by paragraph (a)(1) of this section may be accomplished in a flight simulator or flight training device that is--
      1. Approved by the Administrator for landings; and
      2. Used in accordance with an approved course conducted by a training center certificated under part 142 of this chapter
  2. Night takeoff and landing experience.
    1. Except as provided in paragraph (e) of this section, no person may act as a pilot in command of an aircraft carrying passengers during the period beginning 1 hour after sunset and ending 1 hour before sunrise, unless within the preceding 90 days that person has made at least three takeoffs and three landings to a full stop during the period beginning 1 hour after sunset and ending 1 hour before sunrise, and--
      1. That person acted as sole manipulator of the flight controls; and
      2. The required takeoffs and landings were performed in an aircraft of the same category, class, and type (if a type rating is required).
    2. The takeoffs and landings were required by paragraph (b)(1) of this section may be accomplished in a flight simulator that is--
      1. Approved by the Administrator for takeoffs and landings, if the visual system is adjusted to represent the period described in paragraph (b)(1) of this section; and
      2. Used in accordance with an approved course conducted by a training center certificated under part 142 of this chapter.
  3. Instrument experience. Except as provided in paragraph (e) of this section, no person may act as pilot in command under IFR or in weather conditions less than the minimums prescribed for VFR, unless within the preceding 6 calendar months, that person has:
    1. For the purpose of obtaining instrument experience in an aircraft (other than a glider), performed and logged under actual or simulated instrument conditions, either in flight in the appropriate category of aircraft for the instrument privileges sought or in a flight simulator or flight training device that is representative of the aircraft category for the instrument privileges sought--
      1. At least six instrument approaches;
      2. Holding procedures; and
      3. Intercepting and tracking courses through the use of navigation systems.

*Consult 14 CFR 61 for any possible changes to these regulations. This web site is not suitable for verifying up to date FARs.