April 20, 2008

Completing Another Biennial Flight Review

BFR Flash CardsOn Saturday the rain cleared and the clouds rose high enough to allow me to go flying. I was flying with a CFI performing my Biennial Flight Review. When you earn a private pilots license there is no expiration on it. Though to fly as pilot in command you need to periodically prove you still know what you are doing. There are several ways to satisfy the FAA including earning a new certificate, participating in the FAA Wings - Pilot Proficiency Program or completing a Biennial Flight Review.

Since I needed to perform a check out ride anyways to rent aircraft from Windy City Flyers I decided to make it a BFR as well to fulfill that requirement in advance of my deadline later this year. We flew up to Lake in the Hills where we performed a wide variety of takeoff and landings including: short field, soft field and a simulated engine out emergency landing.

After that I performed many of the maneuvers on the private pilot check ride like an simulated off field emergency landing and stalls. The flight went smoothly. We also did a review of aviation knowledge. To prepare for that portion of the BFR I used Biennial Flight Review Flash Cards by James Spudich. They were very thorough and great for refreshing my knowledge.

At the end of the day I had passed my second BFR.

Posted by at April 20, 2008 6:52 PM

Congrats on your BFR. It's disappointing that I wasn't able to go fly Saturday. I would have more than likely saw you. Oh well, maybe some other time we'll run into each other flying (not literally I hope)

Posted by: Evan Krueger at April 20, 2008 7:43 PM | Reply

I know of a young CFII who needed a BFR. She rode in the front seat of a C172 while a friend, a current CFII, rode in the back seat reading a magazine. She barely touched the yoke during a brief flight. When they landed, he "pencil whipped" her BFR. How bad is that?

Posted by: TJ at March 17, 2011 12:43 PM | Reply

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