Dan Albers of Conroe, Texas, sent in this tip: When I retired from the airlines, my flying went from 70 to 80 hours a month, to maybe 50 to 60 a year.
How I work on staying current is each time I fly, I pick a different airport about 20 to 30 minutes flying time from my home base. I plan a short cross country, get the weather and decide what I want to work on en route.
I may practice slow flight, stalls, or steep turns on my outbound leg. Once at my destination, I’ll do two or three touch and goes, maybe working on soft/short field technique.On the way home I’ll intercept airway radials, or do more air work.
When I want to work on instrument currency, I’ll take a safety pilot, and we will each fly a leg.
We are fortunate in southern Texas to have many good general aviation airports and approaches. We can practice intercepts, holding, and just about any type of approach.
This has worked well for me to stay current and have fun flying.
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