Fly! You’ll keep your skills and knowledge sharp by flying regularly, visiting new airports, and practicing maneuvers. If you want to go a step further than flying to new destinations, consider training toward a higher certificate or rating or participating in recurrent safety training.
Add Additional Certificates and Ratings
Adding a category, class, or operating privilege to your aviation résumé can be as simple as the few hours it may take to earn a tailwheel endorsement or as involved as the training required for an instrument rating. The time and expense involved depends on the endorsement or rating you pursue. Find out what would best suit your flying plans.
Boost Your Safety
Refresh your aviation safety knowledge while networking with other pilots during seminars presented by the Air Safety Institute. The seminars offer safety tips for pilots of all levels, from sport to air transport pilot. If you can’t make it to an in-person safety seminar, take a few minutes to test your knowledge with online quizzes on topics ranging from airspace to wing contamination. Online safety courses, which can take 45 to 90 minutes to complete, offer a comprehensive look at engine and propeller operation, IFR operations, GPS, and more.
Try Something New
Challenge your skills by visiting a new airport. AOPA’s online airport directory can help you find the perfect destination for a $100 hamburger, camping under the wing, visiting cultural attractions, or just about any other activity you and your family and friends enjoy. Still not sure where to go? Check out AOPA’s online calendar for a list of airport events in your area and nationwide. Visiting new airports keeps your skills sharp, and who knows what great people and places are just waiting to be discovered?