By Sagar Pathak
Hi, my name is Sagar and it’s been one year, three months and nine days since my last flight as Pilot in Command. I feel like an addict craving his next fix. But while I could see the plane on the ramp, I knew that I couldn’t just jump in and leap again towards the sky. One little thing stood between me and my joy. A Biennial Flight Review, the mandatory flight and ground instruction with a certified flight instructor that is required every two years. And just my luck, I didn’t have mine. FAA 1, Sagar 0.
As with most newly minted pilots, there is a drop off in flight hours after we get our ticket. Sure, we may say that we are going up every weekend to chase that elusive hamburger or take our friends out for a weekend getaway to a far and exotic destination, but often those ideas just fade away. I fell into that trap and, over time, my flying slid to once every 90 days to keep up my currency. Eventually even that lapsed leaving my headset to sit alone in my flight bag.