What are peoples thoughts on IF? What I mean is why do we make it such an important currency when in real time it is nothing more than a 'limited emergency procedure'. Now I know QHI types will be up in arms at that statement but let me try and explain my thoughts and put across an argument. Requirements 1 hour/6 months actual 5 hours/6 months sim 1 hour/8 weeks sim 6 app/6 months IRT/13 months This gives us a limited IR. (No procedural) I say emergency because in real time, it would be very rare that we would plan to go actual for a task/mission given the current fit of our aircraft. UK maybe, but unless we get invaded, pointless. I don't see that taking Brig Massingbird-Smythe to a cocktail party in weather that bad would be worth while launching in the first place. I agree, it's a valuable tool should inadvertent become the order of the day. Consider this; Only just recently has an NVG check been brought in, not before too long if you ask me. I would consider NVG Cat III (the aim of the Corps standard to be at?) to be more important to our role and more risky due to the sortie profile. Yes, we have similar currency requirements for NVG as for IF but why do we have Mortal currency of 1-hour/six months? One reason would be emergency following NVG system failure? Somebody who write's the flying programme for the Sqn might find it somewhat restrictive, mainly due to the lack of airframe hours per pilot to go around. The main currency to keep in check is IF. If we are lucky enough to have an aircraft given that has 6 hours a day for the Sqn, it would have to be prioritised. A pilot that goes uncurrent IF cannot task, so it has to be ensured his IF is put above doing useful Tac training. I do not suggest for one minute that we s h i tcan IF in total but look at hours spent gaining and maintaining currency in this field when it's not what we are about. We do not operate all weather aircraft, so why sacrifice scarce flying hours maintaining it? Mortal is only an hour in 6 so why can't IF be rationalised? Solution; Fit the cabs for IF or reduce currency. Please give your thoughts.