"Because of hard economic times or other factors, many pilots like myself have not been flying in over a year. Any advice on getting back into the pilot seat?" - Bob B.
“Line up an instructor and make an appointment to fly. It’s not a good idea to try to get yourself comfortable without an instructor to monitor your progress.
Review the operating handbook for the type of aircraft involved. (If you don’t have one, now is a good time to get one.) Also review your checklist for startup, runup, etc.
Take a good look at your log book to determine whether you need a flight review. If you do, review part 61.56 and you will see that it requires a minimum of one hour of flight training as well as a minimum of one hour of ground training.
On the day of your flight, discuss the plan of action with your instructor. Be honest with yourself. It may take more than one flight to get yourself up to speed after a year. In fact, it may take several flights.
Remember that what is required to achieve flight proficiency may be more than what is required to meet legal requirements.”