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To ensure the continual safety of our skies, the FAA requires that licensed pilots keep their skills updated and sharp through recurrent training.
The Flight Review (commonly referred to as a Biennial Flight Review, or BFR) exists to ensure that a pilot is brought up to date with any changes in flight rules, regulations, and procedures, as well as ensuring pilot skill competency. Flight Reviews are required for all General Aviation pilots. No General Aviation pilot may act as pilot in command of an aircraft unless within the preceding 24 calendar months that pilot has accomplished a Flight Review in accordance with FAA guidelines. An FAA Flight Exam can be used to substitute a Flight Review. Currently, there are two formats which can be used to accomplish the Flight Review: the traditional and the computer-based.
The traditional format requires both a knowledge review and a flight skill review. A pilot must undergo a minimum of one hour of ground training and a minimum of one hour of flight training, both with an instructor.
Prior to the Flight Review, we require that the pilot fill out our Flight Review Form to the best of their ability and then bring it to the appointment. This will allow for a more productive use of time for the ground portion of the Review. The Flight Review Form is not a test, but rather a way for the pilot to brush-up on their knowledge prior to the appointment. All sources of information at the pilot’s disposal may be used to complete the form. The form can be printed out by selecting the following link:
The computer-based format (known as the FAA ‘WINGS’ Program) still requires both a knowledge review and a flight skill review, however the knowledge portion need not be conducted with an instructor. Instead, the pilot simply completes three online seminars of approximately 30 minutes in duration each. The seminars are informative, interactive, and can be done at the comfort and convenience of the pilot. Following the completion of the online seminars, the flight skill review may be scheduled with an instructor.
The following two links will walk you through the process. If you have any questions or problems regarding completion of the online seminars, please call us and we will assist you in the process.
Keep in mind that the above are the minimum requirements set by the FAA. Multiple factors will determine the actual time necessary to ensure pilot competency. Successful completion of the Flight Review will be at the discretion of the instructor.
Instrument Proficiency Check
The Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC) exists to ensure that the instrument rated pilot is brought up to date with any changes in IFR flight rules, regulations, and procedures, as well as ensuring pilot skill competency. No General Aviation pilot may act as pilot in command of an aircraft under IFR unless that pilot has, within the previous 12 calendar months, fulfilled the self-currency requirements set forth by the FAA. Should this self-currency lapse, an Instrument Proficiency Check is required. An Instrument Proficiency Check consists of both a knowledge review and a flight skill review with an instructor.
Keep in mind that there is no minimum ground or flight hour requirement set forth by the FAA to complete the IPC. Successful completion of the IPC will be at the discretion of the instructor.