Another Way to Satisfy a Flight Review


I was recently reviewing my flight experience for the dreaded chore of renewing my aircraft hull insurance when my train of thought segued into thinking of how to best accomplish my next flight review.  To remain in compliance with the provisions of FAR § 61.56, all certificated pilots must complete a formal flight review by a qualified flight instructor every 24 calendar months.  Additionally, FAR § 61.56(d) states that “A person who has, within the period specified in paragraph (c) of this section, passed a pilot proficiency check conducted by an examiner, an approved pilot check airman, or a U.S. Armed Force, for a pilot certificate, rating, or operating privilege need not accomplish the flight review required by this section”.  In other words, successful completion of the oral and practical (check ride) aspects of the required Practical Test Standards (PTS) for a certificate upgrade or additional rating satisfies the Flight Review requirement.

According to my logbook, the last rating I received was in 2005 for a single-engine seaplane addition to my Private Pilot Certificate. This add-on rating was accomplished during a one-day course offered by Sheble Aviation in Bullhead City, AZ where I qualified in a Piper PA-18-180 on Edo 2000 floats. - - - - - -