March 2015 Issue

Proficiency Levels

Especially when youíve been inactive, use a building-block approach to help get and maintain your skills.

Am I ready for this flight? Thatís the question I found myself asking when I decided to resume flying in a rental aircraft after a six-month lapse. This was after selling the V35B Bonanza Iíd owned for eight years. Since I was due for a flight review anyway, I engaged an instructor and got checked out to fly a Cessna 172 from a local flight school. I was comfortable flying the Skyhawk after only an hour and three landings, despite not having flown in six months. That certainly wouldnít be the case for all the aircraft Iím rated in: The last time I flew a jet was more than seven years ago.

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