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Biennial Flight Review

What is a BFR?

Rule 61.39 Biennial flight review Obligation to complete biennial flight review
A Biennial Flight Review (BFR) is a flight or a series of flights where the manoeuvres and procedures applicable to the pilot licence privileges are reviewed. During these flights the flight instructor is pilot in command and the flights are dual flight instruction for the purpose of log book entries. The BFR is based on the flight test requirements for the applicable licence. Because the BFR is conducted as dual over as many flights as it takes to achieve competence there are no optional components. The BFR will continue, and may be recorded in the pilot’s logbook as flight instruction, until the flight instructor is satisfied that they can sign the flight review off in the pilot’s logbook as having been satisfactorily completed to the licence level for which the applicant wishes to exercise privileges. For more details, see “Use of lower pilot licence or rating” below. Where a pilot holds licences for more than one category of aircraft (aeroplane and helicopter for example), a BFR is required for each category on which the pilot wishes to remain current. Because a BFR is a dual exercise, the instructor concerned must hold a type rating for the aircraft being used for the BFR. Caution: If the licence holder does not meet the currency requirements of rule 61.39, the holder may only exercise student pilot privileges.

When must it be done?
Within 2 years of the skill test or last BFR.  It may be done up to 60 days early in which case it will be valid as if it had been completed on the due date. The items to be covered can be seen on CAA form  24061/11 available on their wecsite http://www.caa.govt.nz/Forms/Forms.htm .

How do I work?
I will send you a couple of question papers to work through before you come.  One is a "general" paper - interpreting weather forcasts, notams and other practical operational questions.  The other is specific to the aircraft.  Weight & balance, take off performance etc.  Do the best you can and bring your answers on the day.  We will work through them and if you have any questions or uncertainties we can sort them out - this is a training exercise not a test!

We will then fly the test profile if necessary working on any rusty areas.

To prepare for this I suggest you look at form 24061/11 and practice those items before you come to me.  You may use any text books etc to complete the question papers.  This will save us both time and you money!

How Much?
Assuming you complete the papers before you come and can demonstrate the flying standard in one flight I charge a standard NZ$120 fee plus the aircraft.  It will take about 1/2 a day at the aerodrome.  If you need more than that then my standard charges will apply to the addittional time.

Using your own aircraft
In order tro use your aircraft I must have a type rating on it.  I have lots of type ratings so that may not be a problem - but I also need to be current.  I will probably need to fly your aircraft on my own before we can do your BFR.  If you want me to do that please have a copy of the insurane certificate available.  I may not have a type rating paper prepared for your aircraft but I do have a general purpose one and the debrief will involve you demonstrating your answers are correct by reference to the flight manual etc.

Want to talk?  John Nicholls   flyitnz@gmail.com or telephone Land line: +64 (0) 9 406 1974  mobile +64 (0) 27-359 4869  (027 Flyitnz) Skype:Flyitnz