So you’ve worked your butt off (and took out a second mortgage on your home) to get your pilot licence. Now that you have it, how do you keep it?
A lot of people ask me how long the licence is valid for. I usually give them the simple “forever” answer – which is not entirely true.
In order to keep your licence you have to satisfy three time based requirements: 6 months, 2 years, and 5 years.
At a bare minimum, to keep your licence, you would have to:
– Acted as PIC in the past 5 years
– Completed the self-paced study program in the past 2 years
– Performed 5 take-offs and landings in the past 6 months.
I personally think just doing the self-paced study program is not enough. I plan on attending at least 3 aviation safety seminars a year. As well, spending some time with an instructor every 24 months to go over some of the less used exercises (like forced approaches, stalls, etc..) to keep them fresh in my mind.
You don’t want to end up in a situation where you forget how to exit out of a spiral dive.