Pilots want to fly as much as possible with as few risks as possible. We know that we're at our best when the knowledge is fresh in our minds and our skills are sharp. We also know that the longer we are on the ground, the more we lose our edge. The FAA wants everyone to be safe and for things to go smoothly in our airspace. They know that the risk of things not going smoothly goes up when pilots get rusty. So, they require pilots to get a flight review with an instructor at least every 24 months.
The most common approach to meeting the requirements is to complete one hour of ground school and one hour of flight time with an instructor. The ground school covers FAR 91. The focus of the flight time is maneuvers and procedures. The flight review is more like a tune-up than a test. If the instructor feels that you are still a little too rusty, they may require more time before they will sign off on your review.
There are other ways to complete the flight review requirement:
There are great self-study courses available to refresh your memory on the key FAR 91 topics. Check out AOPA's and aviation training companies' websites. Search for "faa flight review prep". You can also reference a current FAR/AIM manual in print or electronic form.
Tourist: "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" Street musician: "Practice, man. Practice."
The same can be said for pilots. Nothing beats practice to keep your left seat skills sharp. Jump in an airplane. Go to a practice area and do some stalls and turns around a point. Read a chart and navigate to a couple of nearby airports. Do touch-and-gos at each one. If you don't feel comfortable, for any reason, grab an instructor to come along and work out any concerns.
There are people who wait until the gas gauge in their car is past the "E" before they fill up. Some ignore the Check Engine light. We were taught, from the first day of training, not to do that when flying. We check the oil before every flight. We visually check the fuel level in the tanks. It's a habit.
We should treat our aviation knowledge and skills with the same attention. We could wait until the week before our flight review is due to skim FAR 91 and do a few quick touch-and-gos. That sounds a lot like the gas gauge is below "E".
Imagine an opportunity arises to take family or friends up to see the leaves change color, you are reluctant because you know you are rusty. It would be embarrassing, at a minimum, to make a beginner's mistake that you would never do at your peak.
We should make a commitment to ourselves to stay sharp. It could be an hour of self-study on Saturday mornings while drinking coffee. Schedule an hour in the air. Alternate study one week and flying the next. Create a schedule that works for you and stick to it. Make flying a reward for a personal accomplishment during the week. Most of all, make it a habit.
We can set you up with an instructor to conduct a flight review. You don't have to wait 24 months until your flight review is due. An instructor can perform a "tune-up" at any time that you feel rusty or have questions. It can qualify as an early flight review and restart the 24 month clock. You can also rent a well-maintained, IFR-certified airplane from us.
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