I'm assuming this is false, or I wouldn't be asking...

Just the other day, another flight instructor in my local area, whom I know, told me:

"... new rule as of 2014: if you keep your CFI current, you don't need a flight review!"

This is in regards to the FAA system.

I couldn't find a source for that, and I have never heard this before.

I am aware that a requirement to have one hour of ground instruction as a part of the flight review is waived for current CFIs, but I have never heard that the flight portion is waived as well.

My flight review is coming up, so it has been almost two years since I have personally received a flight review, which was in 2014. I'm just wanting to verify this information and receive a source if it is true.

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    $\begingroup$ In 2014, passing a practical test for a flight instructor certificate or rating constituted a flight review. Before that date, it did not. $\endgroup$
    – wbeard52
    Jul 30, 2016 at 13:12

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It is false.

14 CFR §61.56(f) states:

A person who holds a flight instructor certificate and who has, within the period specified in paragraph (c) of this section, satisfactorily completed a renewal of a flight instructor certificate under the provisions in §61.197 need not accomplish the one hour of ground training specified in paragraph (a) of this section.

Also, AOPA has some great input on this topic:

"Pilot's Guide to the Flight Review"

Bottomline: You are correct, your friend is not.

Maybe there was a misunderstanding in the conversation whereby they were specifically talking about their own certificate (and any ratings they may be seeking that may take place of the flight review) as opposed to a general term?

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    $\begingroup$ I don't think this is a misunderstanding. I asked him to fly with me for a flight review and that quote was from a text he sent me back. I'm going to discuss this with him now. Thanks! $\endgroup$ Jul 30, 2016 at 4:16
  • $\begingroup$ FYI: This is what confused him. He missed the "practical test" part, and I convinced him he was incorrect. What actually changed is that CFI practical tests now qualify to replace the need for a flight review, but before they did not. $\endgroup$ Jul 30, 2016 at 16:24

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