Other Advanced Training

Flight Reviews

Every pilot must complete a flight review within the last 2 years in order to act as Pilot in Command (often referred to as a “Biannual Flight Review”, or “BFR”). FlightGest can provide instruction for this required flight review either under Part 91 or Part 141. Under Part 91, the flight review must consist of a minimum 1 hour of ground training and 1 hour of flight training. Our Part 141 flight review consists of a minimum of 6 hours of ground instruction and 6 hours of flight instruction. While the Part 91 flight review will cover the legal requirement set by the FAA, the Part 141 course will ensure a higher level of proficiency. Actual time for ground and flight training will depend on pilot preparedness, knowledge, and proficiency.

Instrument Proficiency Checks

Instrument currency and instrument proficiency are two very different things. A pilot can be current but far from proficient, and that can result in a dangerous situation. An Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC) is required before an instrument rated pilot can act as Pilot in Command under IFR if his or her currency has lapsed more than 12 calendar months. However, an IPC can be smart for any instrument rated pilot to ensure that he or she is ready to fly in the actual Instrument Meteorological Conditions. Using our RedBird Simulator (AATD) and fleet of Technically Advanced Aircraft can be a very cost-effective way to complete an IPC. An IPC can often be done in 1 to 2 lessons, but actual time depends on pilot knowledge and proficiency.

Complex Endorsements

A complex airplane has retractable landing gear, moveable flaps, and a controllable pitch propeller. Transitioning to complex airplanes is a minimal requirement for a Commercial Certificate, but also opens the door to flying a much wider variety of airplanes. Our complex training airplane is a Piper Arrow (P28R-200). A complex endorsement at Flightgest doubles as an aircraft checkout in our Arrow and typically takes 2-3 lessons, but actual time depends on pilot proficiency. These lessons include both ground and flight training on normal and emergency operation of retractable landing gear, constant-speed propeller, and flaps (although most pilots are already familiar with flap operation).

High Performance Endorsements

A high performance airplane is an airplane with an engine that produces more than 200 horsepower. Our high performance training airplane is a Piper Dakota (PA28-236), which meets the high performance requirement with 235 horsepower. The high performance endorsement can typically be completed with one ground/flight lesson, but actual time depends on proficiency.