April 2011 Issue

Your Next BFR

Yes, it sometimes can be redundant, but the two-year flight review requirement actually offers lots of flexibility and one real benefit: enhanced safety.

Aviation engages us in various checks and balances, all in the name of safety—ours as well as those on the ground. Consider the checks faced by aircraft owners and pilots. We have annual inspections and 100-hour checks for aircraft commercially engaged. The goal, of course, is assuring the airworthiness and safe operating condition of the aircraft, spinner to tailcone. Humans also face an "airworthiness" check, the medical exam. The intervals vary, too. Beyond our own "airframe" inspection, our favorite aviation agency also requires a periodic demonstration of our competence every two years called the flight review.

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