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Grounded? 6 Things You Can Do To Knock The Rust Off Before Flying Again

Many pilots haven't flown in weeks or months due to COVID-19. If you're about to fly again, these are 6 easy things you can do to get ready.

1) Take Some Of Our IFR Quizzes

There's a lot to remember when flying IFR. And when you're cleared to fly a procedure you haven't flown in weeks or months, the last thing you want to do is be left scratching your head wondering what comes next.

Click here to take some of our IFR quizzes.

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2) Do Some Chair Flying

It's not as fun as the real deal, but it helps tremendously with checklist flows for configuring the aircraft for different maneuvers. Try it - it's more effective than you think.

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3) Quiz Yourself On Aircraft Limitations

To keep your aircraft in good condition, and to fly safely without breaking regulations, you need to know your aircraft limitations forward and backward. Pay extra attention to engine/oil temperature and pressure limitations. Make some flashcards using your POH to memorize the most critical ones.

4) If You Have Standard Callouts, Practice Them

If you fly at an operation using standard callouts and procedures, it's easy to forget a few of them after a few weeks or months of not flying. Dig back into your company's policies and run through normal, abnormal, and emergency callouts.

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5) Take One Of Our Emergency Quizzes

To get back into the mindset of handling emergency situations, run yourself through a few scenarios. Try taking THIS QUIZ to knock the rust off.

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6) Make Sure Your Currency Hasn't Expired

To carry passengers, you need to log 3 takeoffs and landings within the preceding 90 days. Remember, this applies to each aircraft category, class and type. If you get current in an Cessna 172 (ASEL), you aren't current in an Piper Seminole (AMEL) - you must also get current in that aircraft class. This also applies to night currency!

FAR 61.57 requires that in the preceding 90 days, you've logged 3 takeoffs and landings to a full stop from the time between one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise, if you want to carry passengers at night.

If you have your instrument rating, you need to fly and log at least 6 instrument approaches, as well as holding, tracking and intercepting with the 6 calendar months preceding the month of your flight.

Click here to read about an FAA exemption issued due to COVID-19.

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What have you been doing to stay current and flight-ready? Tell us in the comments below.

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at swayne@boldmethod.com, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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