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Question about exceeding BFR time

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I was putting together numbers for aircraft insurance renewal several days ago and realized I had exceeded my last BFR and done several PIC flights while not BFR-current. I have not flown as PIC since I realized this, and have a BFR scheduled early tomorrow. I sent in the NASA form once I realized I had overrun my BFR. A couple of questions:

1. Does the CFI who gives my BFR have to report my actions?

2. I believe the BFR will be put in my book as dual instruction since I would not be legally PIC. Correct?

3. Any other comments, advice, well-deserved abuse?

4. I'm not making any excuses for how this happened. I have set up redundant reminder systems so this never happens again.

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  1. Nathan Parker on Jun 04, 2011

    “Does the CFI who gives my BFR have to report my actions?”
    No.  He/she probably wouldn’t even notice.
    “I believe the BFR will be put in my book as dual instruction since I would not be legally PIC. Correct?”
    It would be dual, regardless.  You can log the time as PIC, even though you can’t act as PIC. (Odds are high that the instructor won’t know this.)

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  2. Micah on Jun 05, 2011

    Sara, not much to add to what Nathan says, except that this is a common problem. I might easily miss my BFR if it did not coincide with my CFI renewal. Many pilots simply do not understand that they must receive recurrent training/review and never consider the BFR important. Missing it by a few weeks is a mistake, but it’s not negligence on par with that kind of attitude.
    There are many things you can do to help remind yourself (and you may already be doing these):
    Use an electronic logbook that will send you reminders or alert you when this is pending
    Alternately, some FBOs use programs like Flight Schedule Pro with has the option of reminding you (or not letting you rent the airplane) if currency is expiring or overdue
    Also, there’s no reason you can’t do the BFR every year. Or, switch up the date and do the BFR around your birthday. 

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  3. John Kelly on Jun 06, 2011

    I like the birthday idea!

    Thanks Micah.

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  4. Earl Kessler on Jun 08, 2011

    The FAA has long ago dropped the term BFR and now calls it the Flight Review.  They want you to get it more often than every 2 years.  You can avoid it by using the WINGS program to frequently take online and instructor conducted courses for credit.  Not only will you be more current, but you will have fun in the interim.

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