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February 03, 2015

flying: Flight Review

I passed so-called Flight Review recently. It basically is a re-examination, although administered by a CFI, not DPE or FAA inspector, and one practically cannot fail it (because attempts are not limited). The governing regulation is 14 CFR 61.56, that says:

(c) Except as provided by paragraphs (d), (e), and (g) of this section, no person may act as pilot in command of an aircraft unless, since the beginning of the 24th calendar month before the month in which that pilot acts as pilot in command, that person has —

(1) Accomplished a flight review given in an aircraft for which that pilot is rated by an authorized instructor; and

(2) A logbook endorsed from an authorized instructor who gave the review certifying that the person has satisfactory completed the review.

If your eyes glaze over from reading the above, imagine a world where every driver has to go to DMV and take a biennial re-examination, just to make sure they still remember how to drive.

IMHO, as far as the red tape goes, Flight Review is rather innocuous. As I mentioned, it cannot be failed, realistically speaking. Sport Pilots are subject to Flight Review, but really, there's no comparison with the strictures of medical certification, so it's no big deal and may even be a positive influence. Not that I would ever support Drive Review. Leave that to truly fascist countries.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at 11:54 AM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 I need a flight review, and a medical, and probably significant re-training since the last time I was PIC was 1996.

And even then, my radio work sucks, since most of my training was in a Taylorcraft with no electrical system. OTOH, I can rock the Tailwheel.

Posted by: Mauser at February 04, 2015 02:28 AM (TJ7ih)

2 At least you know that it's not called BFR anymore, that's halfway to currency already. :-)

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at February 04, 2015 11:18 AM (RqRa5)

3 Boeing has a flying club, which I was briefly interested in, until I found out what the buy-in and dues were....  Clearly it's not for the Mechanics, but the upper level execs.

Posted by: Mauser at February 05, 2015 04:35 AM (TJ7ih)

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