Get back into flying – it’s easier than you think…
It’s never too late to get back into flying. Maybe you’ve banked hundreds of hours in the past but now want to feel the thrill of the cockpit again. Maybe you put it aside for a short while, and that short while turned into a long while… Whatever the reason, if you’ve got the drive to do it, it’s time to get back into flying!
There could be any number of reasons why you’ve not flown for a while. From finances to family reasons, sometimes pilots have to put their flying aside, and that’s perfectly understandable. In most cases, they intend to return to flying at some point, but the longer a pilot stays out of the loop, the less likely they are to make that comeback.
As you know, once you get your pilot’s license, you have it for life. However, the chances are that, if you’ve been out of flying for a while, you will have lost your flying privileges.
What many people don’t realize is that it’s quite easy to get them back!
Get a current medical certificate
The FAA requires pilots to update their medical certificate every five years, or every two years once you’re over the age of 40. It’s easy to do – just make an appointment with an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME), and they’ll take it from there. You can search for an AME in your area here.
Undertake a Flight Review
You’ll need to undertake a flight review if it’s been more than two years since your last one. You can apply for this at CTI Professional Flight Training. Under FAA rules, a pilot needs to have at least an hour of ground instruction and an hour of flight instruction before they can be eligible for endorsement.
Tell us about the flying you’ve done in the past, and the flying you want to do in the future, and we’ll tailor your review to you. If you’ve not flown for a long time, you’ll probably need quite a bit longer than the minimum hour of instruction prescribed, and we can advise you on this.
It’s all to make sure you’re completely up to date on any developments since you’ve been away!
And that’s it! Once you have your updated medical certificate and you’ve completed a flight review, you’ll be ready to take to the skies again.