Tips For Success
Rusty pilots who have the greatest level of success at returning to the skies have one thing in common: realistic expectations. If you haven't flown in a while, a flight review is going to take some time. Rod Machado estimates one hour plus one hour for every year the pilot has not flown. We see this plus a few more hours to transition the pilot to an LSA, or for the Cessnas, to the G1000 panel.
CSP holds all of our customers to a high standard. LSAs have a much higher accident rate than GA planes which is largely attributed to Cessna and Piper pilots with inadequate LSA transition training. We hold our customers to a high standard both for their safety and to protect our equipment.
That being said, pilots who come into our rusty pilot refresher program with realistic expectations about how rusty they are, the fact that they won't learn as quickly as they did when they were younger, and that they are transitioning to a new plane which requires a higher level of stick-and-rudder skill than most GA planes, will not only succeed but enjoy the learning process, gain new skills, and make new friends along the way.