We can do a lot to hold it off, but most of us eventually reach a point where it makes sense to start scaling back our flying. It may be as simple as changing the kind of flying we do.
You may decide that instrument weather flying no longer holds the same appeal as it did years ago, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Becoming a so-called “fair weather pilot” can mean a fond reunion with the best parts flying has to offer. Another way to keep enjoying flying is to move into a slower or less complex aircraft. Keep in mind, however, that there’s a learning curve associated with any new type, particularly if you’ve been flying one aircraft exclusively for many years. Here are some additional ideas to consider:
This video from the Transitioning to other Airplanes online course, explores why stepping down to a smaller aircraft can be trickier than expected.
In this video, pilots sum up how they approach scaling back.