To get a better understanding of the intent of the Airman Certification Standards, let's take a closer look at the holding procedures
task under the air traffic control clearances and procedures area of operation.
are required for every experience method of maintaining currency and for an instrument proficiency check.
AIM 5-3-7 (j) 5 says, "DME/GPS holding is subject to the same entry and holding procedures
except that distances (nautical miles) are used in lieu of time values.
PTS AREA TASK Airplane Airplane Single-engine Multi-engine AREA II: Aircraft systems X X Preflight related to IFR systems Procedures Instrument cockpit X X check AREA III: Holding procedures
X X Clearances and procedures AREA IV: Flight Basic instrument flight X X by reference to maneuvers instruments Recovery from unusual X X flight attitudes Non-precision approach X X Precision approach X X AREA VI: Missed approach X X Instrument approach procedures Circling approach X X Landing from a straight-in or circling approach Loss of communications X X Approach with loss of X X primary flight instrument indicators AREA VII: One engine inoperative X Emergency maneuvers operations One engine inoperative X approach and landing AREA VIII: Checking instruments X Postflight and equipment procedures
Right now, everyone knows that you must conduct the following within the previous six calendar months of the day of your IFR flight: six instrument approaches, holding procedures
, and intercepting and tracking using navigation systems.