To act as pilot in command, pilots must complete a flight review every 24 calendar months. A calendar month means that the endorsement runs to the end of the 24th month. For example, if your flight review endorsement is dated March 15, 2013, you have 24 calendar months, or until March 31, 2015, to receive your next flight review. The logbook endorsement must be specifically for a flight review. Advisory Circular 61-65E suggests using this wording:I certify that (First name, MI, Last name), (pilot certificate), (certificate #), has satisfactorily completed a flight review of 14 CFR 61.56(a) on (date). S/S [date] Instructor’s name, certificate number and date of expiration.
No logbook endorsement is required for an unsatisfactory performance of a flight review. The flight time may be logged as training time received from an instructor.
Duration and Content:14 CFR 61.56 requires a minimum of one hour of flight training and one hour of ground training. The only specific requirement is a review of the current general operating and flight rules of 14 CFR Part 91 and, at the discretion of the person giving the flight review, those maneuvers and procedures necessary for the pilot to demonstrate the safe exercise of the privileges of the pilot certificate.
Required aircraft:Any aircraft for which you are rated may be used for the flight review. If you are rated for single-engine land and multiengine land, you may complete the flight review in either a single or a multiengine aircraft. Additionally, if you are rated for another aircraft category, such as glider, you may take the flight review in any aircraft in that category, and it satisfies the requirement for all categories.
Alternatives to the flight review:A flight review is not required if the pilot, within the 24-calendar-month period:Completed one or more phases of the FAA “Wings” program;Received a new pilot certificate (sport, recreational, private, commercial, flight instructor, or ATP;Passed a practical test to renew, reinstate, or add an additional rating to their Instructor Certificate.Received a new rating (instrument, multiengine, or glider);Flies for a Part 121 (air carrier) or 135 (air taxi) operation and satisfied the appropriate proficiency checks.
Endorsements for high-altitude operations, complex airplanes, high-performance airplanes, tailwheel, or the instrument proficiency check (IPC) do not substitute for a flight review. They may, however, occur at the same time, if your instructor, examiner, or inspector agrees prior to the flight to combine the IPC or checkout with the flight review. The flight review’s minimums must be met, and the endorsement for the flight review must be provided.