The FAA requires ongoing learning and can be satisfied through a number of ways including attending safety seminars, adding a rating to an existing certificate, participating in online courses or by getting together with an a FAA certified flight instructor and going through a Flight Review session. Most pilots exercising the privileges of their FAA certificate in Europe simply choose the Flight Review (“BFR”) route and often this is accomplished in conjunction with other recurrent flight training.
Requirements of FAR §61.56
FAR §61.56(a) states that a flight review consists of a minimum of one hour of ground training and one hour of flight training and one.
The training must include a review of the current general operating and flight rules of FAR Part 91 and a review of those manoeuvres and procedures that are necessary for the pilot to demonstrate the safe exercise of the privileges of the pilot certificate. The authorised instructor giving the flight review has the discretion to determine exactly what manoeuvres and procedures are included in the flight review.
The flight review must have been accomplished within the twenty-four calendar months preceding the month in which a pilot acts as pilot in command in an aircraft for which that pilot is rated.
The ground element requirement can be met via several means including interactive computer based training, directed video presentations quizzes or one to one classroom type discussions reviewing FAR’s, aviation safety and focusing on a pilot’s self identified areas of interest.
The flight training element is an opportunity to brush up on techniques, practice basic manoeuvres such as slow flight and stall recovery and non-normal & emergency procedures. This is not a flight test or “check-ride” but rather a chance to practice and reinforce basics, learn new techniques and expand your airmanship skills.