No longer Rusty? Share your story here!

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No longer Rusty? Share your story here!

Posted by Meghan Custer on Apr 26, 2017 10:44 am

We absolutely love reading stories from pilots who recently completed their flight review after a long hiatus from flying. Just last week we heard from a pilot who attended a Rusty Pilots seminar in December 2016 - he was proud to report that he received his Flight Review endorsement on April 22, 2017 - after more than 10 years away from the cockpit! Are there any other pilots out there who have recently completed their flight review after a long break?
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Back in the air after 47 years

Posted by Billy Forbess on Jun 29, 2019 8:18 pm

I stopped flying in 1969 after getting my  Private Certificate in 1968.  The usual things got in the way of continuing on.  So, in 2016 at the age of 80 I decide I wanted to fly again. I attended a couple of AOPA Rusty Pilot seminars and  found a wonderful CFI in Vaughn Schultz at KMYV and got started.  30 hours later over almost a years time I completed my Flight Review and have been having a great time ever since.  I had a lot of trouble with the radio work which led to taking so long to get signed off.  My flying club planes in 1968 & 1969 were Aeronca Champs and a Chief along with an Ercoupe.  None of them had a radio so radio work was alien to me.  I own and fly a Cessna 150 H.  I recently got my Basic Med from my doctor so I am good for 4 more years of flying if all goes well for me.  I'm so glad I decided to fly again because I am having so much FUN!
Billy Forbess

Re: No longer Rusty? Share your story here!

Posted by Leslie Smith on Jul 1, 2019 11:02 am


Reading your story was a great way to start my Monday. Congratulations on getting back n the left seat! You mention that you are 80 so I wonder if you've heard of the United Flying Octogenarians? They are all across the country nand have a meeting coming up in October in Redding. You can view their website at

Again, congratulations,

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Re: No longer Rusty? Share your story here!

Posted by Billy Forbess on Jul 1, 2019 6:18 pm

I am a member of the Flying Octogenarians .  But, I don't get much information of upcoming activities from them.  However, I will plan on flying up to Redding  in October for the meeting there as I am only about 110 miles from Redding.

Re: No longer Rusty? Share your story here!

Posted by Keith Lyszkowski on Aug 16, 2019 7:12 pm

Just logged my first solo PIC time in 25 years, 3+ months today.
Don't know if this is useful or typical as a benchmark for anyone else looking to get back, but I had about 78hrs total time, all of it back in the 92-94 timeframe, and it took me about 7hrs of dual instruction for the BFR signoff. Landings were the most rusty part with all the 3D coordination and finesse required. Most of the other stuff came back pretty quick. I was lucky to find a couple of really good and professional CFIs that were younger than my kids to get me going again.
I’m gonna start slowly working toward an instrument rating, and who knows, after I get that, maybe I’ll take off another 25 years and do it all again when I’m 80 like the previous gentleman.