The Monadnock Aviation seminar at Keene, NH seemed to go very well. A total of 34 Rusty Pilots showed up and I hope they will now come back into the flying arena. Special thanks to Beth for hosting the Monadnock event. I have two seminars coming up. The first is hosted by Airborn Flight Services at Farmingdale, NY on 18 February and he second is at Weyers Cave, VA (Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport) on 4 March. Please come out and join your fellow pilots.
I recently became a presenter for the Airplane Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Rusty Pilot Seminars. These seminars provide training that meets the requirements for the ground portion of a §61.56 flight review and are intended to get pilots that have been out of flying for a while back into flying. Many factors cause pilots to lapse in their flying; time, family requirements, and money are just a few. Some have been away from flying for a few years while others many have been away for many. I’m a member of a rather large flying club in Virginia. In the last few years we have had several folks join the club who have been out of flying for quite a while. One received his Private Rating in 1980 but family requirements soon caused flying to fall off the priority list. I provided instruction to get him back into flying – many things had changed (GPS, Airspace, headsets!) but many things are the same (they are still airplanes after all). He is now actively flying and having a blast. These “Rusty Pilots” spoke of how they needed a “nudge” to get back into flying. Where to start? Who to talk to? This is goal of AOPA’s Rusty Pilot program, to help get folks back into flying. So, if you happen be a Rusty Pilot (or know of one) go to the AOPA web site to look for a presentation in your area. My first presentation will be at Monadnock Aviation in Keene, NH (EEN) on the 21st of January, 2017. Hope to see you there!