Recurrent Training

Need an Annual or Biennial Flight Review?

Our instructors at Sky River Helicopters can access your knowledge and skills and provide you with your annual or biennial flight review sign-off.
Annual Flight Reviews are required for pilots with less than 200 hours of helicopter time in the Robinson R-22 or Robinson R-44.

BFR Requirements (FAA)

Flight requirements for obtaining your commercial pilot helicopter license are:

FAR 61.56(c) states that no pilot may act as pilot in command of an aircraft unless, since the beginning of the 24th calendar month before the month in which that pilot acts as pilot in command, that person has:

  • had a flight review in an aircraft for which that pilot is rated by an appropriately rated instructor
  • a logbook endorsed by the person who gave the review certifying that the person has satisfactorily completed the review

A flight review consists of a MINIMUM of 1 hour of flight instruction and 1 hour of ground instruction, and must include:

  • a review of the current general operating and flight rules of Part 91
  • a review of those maneuvers and procedures which, at the discretion of the person giving the review, are necessary for the pilot to demonstrate the safe exercise of the pilot certificat
  • Note: A current CFI who satisfactorily completed a renewal of their certificate with a FIRC, need not accomplish the 1-hour ground.

You may accomplish the flight review requirements in combination with the recent flight experience requirements at the discretion of the instructor conducting the review.

The Flight Review is intended to be an instructional service designed to assess a pilot's knowledge and skills. The objective is to ensure that pilots have the opportunity to ride with a flight instructor of their own choice for an appraisal of their pilot proficiency and to seek assistance or guidance if any deficiency is identified.

Need an Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC)?

Regular 6-month Instrument Proficiency Checks are an excellent way to stay current. Not only will an IPC help you improve your instrument currency, but the instrument proficiency check will be a challenge that helps you understand and improve your current level of ability. Even if you are already currently flying under IMC, during your Instrument Proficiency Check, you will discover things about your flying that can be improved. Commercial operators require proficiency checks every six months, shouldn't you hold yourself to the same standard?

The instrument proficiency check must be given by:

  • An instrument flight instructor who holds the appropriate instrument instructor rating; or a Designated Pilot Examiner / FAA Examiner

The IPC is structured like an instrument rating check ride and the PTS must be used to evaluate the candidate for an IPC.

Instrument Proficiency Check Requirements:

A proficiency check ride is required if, within the preceding 6 calendar months, the pilot has not:

  • performed and logged time under actual or simulated instrument conditions in the category of aircraft in which the instrument privileges are sought or in an approved flight simulator
    • at least six instrument approaches;
    • holding procedures; and

    • Intercepting and tracking courses through the use of navigation systems.

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