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User currently offlineF86sabre From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 92 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2339 times:

I was reading Starrion’s post about losing a log book.

I have a similar and more involved question. During the summer between my sophomore and junior years at Purdue I got my private license. Due to the financial limitations of my junior and senior year I didn’t do any flying after getting my license. After graduation I moved to Atlanta and my parents moved to a new house. I haven’t been able to find my log book since my folks moved and I fear the worst. For various reasons I haven’t flow since. What would I have to do to get back into flying after 7 years of down time. I know I would have to get my medical renewed. I would want to spend some time with a CFI and was thinking of retaking ground school. Can anyone else think of things that would be required to get me back in the air?


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User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2297 times:

"What would I have to do to get back into flying after 7 years of down time."

Well, legally speaking, all you would need is a fresh medical and a BFR. I'd start there. Odds are that it will take you a few flights with a CFI to get back to proficiency (and get your BFR signed off), so I'd start there. Your instructor can help you identify weak areas in the ground subjects that you can study. It wouldn't hurt you to do a little reviewing beforehand; If you want to retake ground school, you could, but make sure you don't spend too much money on it--you can probably review all the necessary information with a good Private Pilot text book (I like the Gliem versions.)

Other ideas: If you haven't already, go pick up a flight simulator program. It's good for getting your mind "in the game," and you can practice a lot of VFR navigation stuff (filling out nav logs, time/speed/distance calculations, dead reckoning, etc. Just don't cheat by using the GPS or autopilot.) and even some maneuver training (better for getting procedures down--the simulator lacks the control "feel" that a real airplane has). Incidentally, flight simulator programs are great for IFR stuff too when you get to that level.

Anyway, best of luck. Let me know if you have any other questions.


User currently offlineWoodreau From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1190 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2298 times:

Well, your pilot certificate doesn't have an expiration date, so you can't retake the flight practical and oral to get the same certificate. You'd have to contact the FAA and get another certificate if you can't find your original paper one.

You'd have to get a new medical.

Then get with a CFI and take a biennial flight review (BFR) at the very minimum... You'd probably need a few flight lessons to get back up to speed.

Retaking ground school would probably be a good idea. Although it would be totally up to you and your comfort level on how much stuff you've forgotten and how much work you want or feel you need to do to get back up to proficiency.

As far as documenting how many hours you really have:
The last 8710-1 you submitted to the FAA for your pilot certificate can probably be used as a starting point to document the total hours that you have.

But to continue for a follow-on rating, I think you'd probably need to start from your last 8710-1, and then work up from there. If you didn't do very much flying since you got your license, then you probably didn't lose too many hours. But if you've flown a lot since your 8710-1, then all that time is probably lost unless you find your logbook.

Anyways, that's my opinion on where you need to start.

Woodreau / KMVL

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