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Pilot currency

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Hi 2 u all!

Case 1:

1. A pilot holding the FAA CPL/IR/ME hasn't flown at all in 10 years; what are the currency requirements applicable to his case?

2. Can he just enroll in a CFI/CFII courses to both satisfy the currency requirements and get his CFI/CFII ratings?

Case 2:

3. Another pilot completed all the CPL/IR ground and flight training requirments but for whatever reasons he didn't take his checkride after he completed his training. After 8 years of being away from flying, can he just retake the written tests and fly few flights then go for the checkride or the regulations require more than that?

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  1. Mark Kolber on Jun 05, 2013

    With the possible exception of knowing that a CFI ride does not automatically re-set the flight review clock (http://goo.gl/1NRMw) all of these are pretty straightforward. What effort have you made to find the answers yourself?

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    Ernest Ortner on Jun 05, 2013

    Case 1
    1. A BFR is required (61.56). After 10 years the hope of 1 hour ground and 1 hour flight is a pipe dream. The BFR will take longer until that person reaches the proficiency required for the BFR.

    2. Answered by Mark.

    Case 2
    3. Yes, written tests are only good for 2 years from the month of the test. If all the prerequisites for the ratings were met previously then the only flight time required is the 3 hours in the preceding 60 days with a CFI who would be the one endorsing you for the practical(61.129). Again since it has been 8 years it will probably take more than just the 3 hours to reach the proficiency level for the checkride.

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  3. Ale on Jun 06, 2013

    Thank you both.

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