Rusty Pilots – getting back in the left seat is easier than you think

If you’re feeling a little rusty, you might be like more than 500,000 other pilots (that’s right, half a million), who have taken a little breather from flying. Maybe more than a little. Perhaps life threw you a curve. Maybe the pitter-patter of little feet, a growing business, or a medical setback had something to do with it. Whatever the case, things are different now. You’re back in the game and would like to start flying again. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) wants to help.

No Checkride Required. You Can Do This.

You may have forgotten that pilot certificates never expire. Once a pilot, always a pilot. You never have to take another test or worry about another checkride. All you need is a Flight Review (formerly known as a Biennial Flight Review). That’s it. A little brush-up with your local CFI, enough flights to demonstrate competence again (minimum one hour), and – presto! – you’re back in the air. Seriously, that’s all it takes. You may not need a medical certificate.

A Rusty Pilots Seminar Gets You Started

AOPA has put together a fun, interactive program that gives you all the information you need to get current again, and these Rusty Pilot seminars are happening all over the US. The dynamic presenters will bring you up to speed on hot-button issues like medical reforms, weather briefings, preflight planning, FARs, and airspace. You’ll leave the seminar with a logbook endorsement attesting that you’ve completed three hours of ground training toward your Flight Review. And AOPA will help you connect with flight instructors in your area so you can take the next step and quickly get back to active flying status.

Best of all, Rusty Pilots seminars are FREE for AOPA members ($69 for non-members). Space is limited – reserve your spot today!

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John knows how lucky he is to go to work every day at an airport. As Vice President of Sporty’s Pilot Shop’s Catalog Division, he says, “I get to hang around airplanes all the time, flying regularly and testing new products for the catalog.” Coming from an aviation family, John grew up in the back of small airplanes and learned to fly as a teenager. Ever since, he has been hooked on anything with wings and regularly flies a Citabria, a Pilatus PC-12 and a Robinson R44 helicopter. Despite his love of low and slow flight, John says, “I love the challenge of IFR flying in the system. Seeing the runway lights as you break out on approach is a thrill.”

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