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Useful Flight Reviews


Subscriber question:

"If I'm honest, I haven't put much effort into flight reviews over the years. I have one coming up, what should my approach be to make it more useful?" —Doug W.


“A flight review is not just a square filler, but should be viewed as an important part of your pilot proficiency. Try coming away from the flight review possessing skills and knowledge you did not have before the review.

Take the time to find the right flight instructor. It is not necessarily your best buddy. Make sure it is someone who will challenge you. Ensure that the instructor is strong in those areas that are important to your flying. For example, if you fly in the mountains regularly, get an instructor with mountain flying experience.

Don’t just show up, ­prepare for the flight review ahead of time. Brush up on any areas you feel weak in. While the flight review is not a check ride, you are validating that you are qualified and meet all the requirements for the certificates you hold. Along with the instructor, create a personal plan for ongoing currency and proficiency.

Make the most of your flight review and consider it an investment in your aviation future!”

The AOPA Air Safety Institute has put together a useful guide for Focused Flight Reviews.

What has been your approach to previous Flight Reviews?

(NEW) VFR Mastery scenario #67 “A Swift Decision” is now available. A pre-takeoff briefing exists to remove hesitation and doubt from split-second emergency decisions after takeoff. The problem is that most real-world departures present several opportunities to go off script. Some of those improvisations could turn an off-field crash into an uneventful runway landing—or a disaster. Watch the Intro video.

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