If flying in IMC condtions, it is important that you do not request practice approaches. You don't want to be accidentally cleared for a practice approach (assumes the pilot maintains VFR separation and obstacle clearance) in actual conditions. In ATC terminology, a practice approach is one flown in VFR conditions, regardless of whether you are at final destination or just knocking off rust.
ATC does not always know the flying conditions and there is a risk that they assume a "practice approach" request is VFR. I believe the rules around separation are very different for practice approaches, as they are VFR and the pilot has responsibility to maintain seaparation.
N64LR - RV-6A / IO-320, Flying as of 8/2015
N11LR - RV-10, Flying as of 12/2019
Last edited by lr172 : 10-27-2020 at 08:23 AM.