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Rusty Pilot Resources



Think you’ve lost too much and forgotten everything? Afraid it’ll be like starting over? No worries, Rusty Pilots will get you back in the left seat fast!

Getting Back To Flying: Easier Than You Think

If you’re like more than 500,000 other pilots (that’s right, half a million), you’ve taken a little breather from flying. Maybe more than a little. Perhaps life threw you a curve. Maybe the pitter-patter of little feet, a growing business, or a medical setback had something to do with it. Whatever the case, things are different now. You’re back in the game and would like to start flying again. You’ve come to the right place.

The AOPA Rusty Pilots program recently celebrated the 5000th inactive pilot to attend a Rusty Pilots seminar and return to active flying again! If 5,000 other people with similar stories can do this, you can too! Yes, it will take some time, work and money but if you take one step at a time, you too can return to flying.

No Checkride Required. You Can Do This. 

You may have forgotten that pilot certificates never expire. Once a pilot, always a pilot. You never have to take another test or worry about another checkride. All you need is a Flight Review (formerly known as a Biennial Flight Review). That’s it. A little brush-up with your local CFI, enough flights to demonstrate competence again (minimum one hour), and – presto! – you’re back in the air. Seriously, that’s all it takes.

A Rusty Pilots Seminar Gets You Started

AOPA has put together a fun, interactive program that gives you all the information you need to get current again. Our dynamic presenters will bring you up to speed on hot-button issues like medical reforms, weather briefings, preflight planning, FARs, and airspace. You’ll leave the seminar with a logbook endorsement attesting that you’ve completed three hours of ground training toward your Flight Review. And we’ll help you connect with flight instructors in your area so you can take the next step and quickly get back to active flying status. Best of all, Rusty Pilots seminars are FREE for AOPA members.


Resource Guide

Click here to download a copy of the Rusty Pilots Resource Guide. It’s a convenient cockpit and study reference especially designed to help rusty pilots get ready for the left seat!

CLICK HERE to register for the upcoming seminar, August 17 at Chico Municipal Airport.

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