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709 ride fulfilling 61,56 (d)

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I'm a CFI specializing in tailwheel instruction.  Just helped a client successfully get through a 709 ride.  He had a question: does the 709 ride, and the accompanying letter, satisfy the requirements of 61.56(d) for a flight review?  Thanks in advance.

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  1. Eric H on Jan 18, 2017

    So the short answer is no. A 709 ride is a re-evaluation of flying skills, and doesn’t meet the requirements of 61.56(d). This is primarily due to the fact that the 709 ride usually only concentrates on an area where the FAA has found the Airman “deficient” in an area of operation. If you were doing a traditional Flight Review, or a Checkride for a Certificate, you are evaluating the Airman on more than one area and therefore meeting the requirements of 61.56(d).

    With that being said, an option you have is to have him do the FAA Wings Program, or do a traditional Flight Review and reset the clock.

    I’ve given 709 ride prep with one person in the past, and the same question came up. The Inspector who gave him the ride told him it does not count towards 61.56 (d). When you look at the whole intent of 61.56(d) it makes sense as the 709 ride is again, just reviewing that one specific area of a certificated airman deficient area.

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