Flight Review § 61.56

(a) Except as provided in paragraphs (b) and (f) of this section, a flight review consists of a minimum of 1 hour of flight training and 1 hour of ground training. The review must include:
(1) A review of the current general operating and flight rules of part 91 of this chapter; and
(2) A review of those maneuvers and procedures that, at the discretion of the person giving the review, are necessary for the pilot to demonstrate the safe exercise of the privileges of the pilot certificate.. Citation

It’s that time again, twenty four calendar months since your last flight review. What should you expect? The FAA describes the minimum requirement: an hour of ground instruction on Part 91, and an hour of flight instruction. You can read the words above. But what does this mean when you fly with Best in Flight?

When you call to schedule, we’ll ask about what certificates you hold and your currency. From that, we’ll tailor a flight for you. We may assign some preparatory work, including a weight and balance calculation for the aircraft you fly and a flight plan.

When you arrive at the school, we’ll talk about recent rule changes. When are you required to carry a chart? What is the amount of frost, snow or ice and location allowable for takeoff? What qualification do you require to fly to Gettysburg, PA?

We’re going to do some maneuvers your probably haven’t done in the last two years. I’m going to ask you to demonstrate flight at minimum controllable airspeed. I will want to see some stalls. I may ask for a soft-field takeoff or a short-field landing. And you can be sure that we will do a simulated engine out.

A flight review is not a check ride. I won’t bust a Private pilot for not maintaining altitude within ±100 feet. I don’t even mind if you ask me questions about things you have forgotten. But what I will look for every minute is whether you are able to fly safely within the privileges of your certificate. That means I look at your certificate before we fly. If you hold an instrument rating, I expect crisp radio and precise skills under the hood. If you are a commercial pilot, I expect you to exhibit professionalism on the flight.

At the conclusion of the flight, I will ask you to describe the flight and make a self assessment. If you think you did well and I agree, you are all done. If you think there are some areas that need improvement before I sign your book, then we’ll schedule another session. If you think you did well, and I don’t, we can either schedule another session, or you can find another instructor. Sometimes it’s just a matter of chemistry. You can’t fail a BFR; it’s just that you don’t get the endorsement.