If I do a biennial flight review (BFR) in a glider, does it also satisfy my BFR requirement for powered flight (ASEL)?

  • $\begingroup$ Yup, sure does. $\endgroup$
    – acpilot
    Commented May 19, 2017 at 23:53
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    $\begingroup$ @acpilot Any source for that? FAR 61.56 Says that "A review of those maneuvers and procedures that, at the discretion of the person giving the review, are necessary for the pilot to demonstrate the safe exercise of the privileges of the pilot certificate." It may be hard to demonstrate power on stalls or other powered aircraft maneuvers in a glider... Not saying I doubt you, but there must be some precedent there... $\endgroup$
    – Ron Beyer
    Commented May 20, 2017 at 1:53

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Yes. 61.56(c)(1) calls for "an aircraft for which that pilot is rated." The reg does not require a review for each category/class.

And as further confirmation, AOPA's Pilot's Guide to the Flight Review specifically states:

The satisfactory completion of a flight review allows you to exercise the privilege of pilot in command in all categories and classes of aircraft on your pilot certificate.

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    $\begingroup$ Considering that I have never heard anyone say something to the effect of, "well, I just did by BFR for powered, but I still need to take care of glider" I would think that this is highly likely to be accurate. $\endgroup$ Commented May 20, 2017 at 3:28
  • $\begingroup$ Interesting; I would feel uncomfortable in relying on this BFR in a glider to get back into a powered airplane or helicopter after a year plus of not flying then, if you held certificates and ratings in these aircraft as well, despite the fact that 61.56 allows for it. $\endgroup$ Commented May 20, 2017 at 14:22
  • $\begingroup$ Keep in mind that many "rides" count. So for example, if you take a commercial glider flight test, that counts towards your flight review applicable to rotorcraft. This is different, in that you might not already be rated for glider. $\endgroup$
    – mongo
    Commented May 20, 2017 at 16:01

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