Passed another BFR:

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I thought the rule was by Herring (4.00 / 4) #1 Sat Dec 16, 2006 at 12:06:30 PM EST
A good landing is one you can walk away from. A great landing is where you can use the plane again.

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Checkride? by FlightTest (2.00 / 0) #2 Sun Dec 17, 2006 at 09:39:12 AM EST
Do I understand correctly that wherever you're renting from approaches BFR's like checkrides? If so, IMHO, that's seriously missing the point, it should not be approached like a checkride. The point of a BFR is to see where you're rusty and work on areas you're weak in. Since you can't "fail" a BFR, what's the point of approaching it like a checkride? There is nothing in the FAR's that says the BFR has to be completed in one flight, or even a maximum amount of time. If it takes 2 weeks and 5 hours, so be it.

And you did log your practice session, right? You're an appropriately rated pilot and the sole manipulator of the controls, so you can log it, even if you're not acting PIC because of lack of BFR.

The rudder on the Mooney isn't that heavy, but there plain isn't enough of it. Takeoff/departure stalls will always result in dropping a wing, and of course spins are also prohibited in the Mooney.

Your entry made me check my logbook. Geh, it's been 3 weeks since I've flown little bitty. While I realize you'd gone 3 years, I really prefer to fly at least every 2 weeks. School really kills my free time.

Not as such by BadDoggie (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 12:34:50 AM EST
But I certainly see them as checkrides. They cover the same things. It's no different from a check-out flight when I go to a different airport and want to rent something or I haven't flown X in the past 90 days. They all want the same things: straight-and-level, pattern turns, power-on stall, slow flight to power-off stall, steep turn, engine out, and I expect if you're IFR they want you to shoot a missed approach. You don't have as much of this because you have your own plane (you've said it's a Mooney before but I'm giving you the benefit of doubt).

If it takes 2 weeks and 5 hours, so be it.

Negatory, good buddy. I only had a few days in Florida -- you ever try doing a BFR outside the US? Clouds on Thursday made me miss that day's flight. Friday was no better: ceilings were 600 with 400 BKN; I missed the a.m. and the p.m. slots. My instructor was stuck at PIE and it took hours before he managed to get SVFR to scud run back to CLW. All I had was that chance and it was close. When I go back to Florida I'll only have to do an hour or so to refamiliarise myself with the controls and airspace and then I can take up the fambly.


OMG WE'RE FUCKED! -- duxup ?

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Ahhh by FlightTest (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 11:02:22 AM EST
I meant the 2 weeks and 5 hours part in reference to the regs, not your situation. I've never flown outside the U.S. Heck, I'll draw disdain and admit I've never been outside the U.S. at all. But yeah, I've heard GA is pretty difficult in most of the rest of the world (except Australia), though I haven't really investigated it so I'm relying on 2nd hand information.

The extent of the BFR depends on the instructor. I've found that with the instrument rating most of it tends to be under the hood, and an approach or two. Not always a missed. Even a VFR BFR should include some hood time, IMHO. With my own airplane I've noticed instructors are less likey to require engine-outs, and one instructor waved off on the power-on stall when he saw the deck angle the Mooney gets to and realized we had long since run out of rudder. :)

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