Editor's Log

September 2009 Issue

Add-On

Last month, the stars finally aligned, the bank account wasnít empty for a change and I was able to accomplish something Iíve been trying to work in for more than 10 years: add a seaplane rating. Though I had some seaplane stick time, it was long ago and far away. So, I went into it more or less from zero. It was a great learning experience, and will make me a better all-around pilot. Getting a seaplane rating isnít for everyone, of course, but the basic idea of spending a couple of days doing intensive trainingóespecially for something youíve never done or in an airplane type youíve never flown beforeóis an excellent way to knock off some rust. Along the way, you might learn a few things useful later on. Another good thing about an add-on rating, of course, is it also resets the 24-month flight review clock. Youíve probably read one or more urgings in pages similar to this one about how to use the BFR requirement to your benefit. Itís all true, and a good idea next time you see the end of the 24th month approaching. But it doesnít have to be a seaplane rating you go after.

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