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BFR lapse

Old 23rd Apr 2017, 14:15
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BFR lapse

I have an NZ PPL and live in Australia. Can anyone tell me how long you can leave your licence without completing a BFR. Someone had said to me in the past if you leave it too long you may need to resist rhe Air-law exam and sit another flight test. Can anyone clarify ?
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Old 23rd Apr 2017, 21:38
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Indefinitely.
I left mine without current medical or BFR for 14yrs, did medical and got ASIC card, then did my BFR, took my young family for a scenic the same day and was back up flying skydivers a day later.

Well, that was an Aust CPL and was 8yrs ago I did that.
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Old 23rd Apr 2017, 22:42
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As Lancair says, indefinitely.
But bear in mind that you'll need to be up to a standard to pass a BFR, and for some people over some time that could mean a bit of work. Don't forget your medical too.

From memory, I think the air law re-sit requirement was for people that have not flown for 5 years or more.
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Old 24th Apr 2017, 04:45
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From memory, I think the air law re-sit requirement was for people that have not flown for 5 years or more.

I don't think there is any requirement to re-sit an air law exam ever. Never heard of it but I have been living blissfully in the dark before so it could happen again

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Old 24th Apr 2017, 06:20
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I found the reference in CAA NZ Part 61:

61.37 Recent flight experience
...
(i) If the holder of a pilot licence issued in accordance with this Part has
not met the requirements of rule 61.39 for a period of 5 years or more, the
privileges of that pilot licence may not be exercised again unless,—
(1) the holder of the pilot licence passes an approved air law
examination
and meets the appropriate currency requirements of
the licence (except if the holder has a current pilot licence for a
different category of aircraft and meets the requirements of rule
61.39(a) for that category); or
(2) in the case of an airline transport pilot licence, the holder of the
pilot licence completes the appropriate operational competency
checks required in Parts 121, 125, or 135 whichever is
applicable.

where 61.39 is:
61.39 Biennial flight review
(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), the holder of a pilot licence
issued by the Director under the Act and this Part must not exercise the
privileges of the pilot licence for longer than 24 months from the date of the
issue flight test for the pilot licence unless the holder—
Civil Aviation Rules CAA Consolidation
10 March 2017 31 CAA of NZ
(1) has successfully completed a biennial flight review under
paragraph (c) within the previous 24 months; or
(2) for a glider pilot licence, has successfully completed a biennial
flight review conducted by a gliding organisation within the
previous 24 months.
....
(plus plenty more)


Note that the law exam must be the one for your licence type - PPL/CPL/etc.

I think you could interpret this as 5 years since your BFR expiry (therefore 7 years since your last BFR date of issue). But if you're in that grey area you should probably contact the CAA and get them to confirm.
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Old 24th Apr 2017, 09:23
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But isn't the OP talking about Australia? I have a bloke with a PPL training with me in prep for an AFR who hasn't flown for 22 years. Far as I can see he only has to pass the AFR IAW with the Aussie Part 61 and he is good to go. (AFR being what you folk across the Tasman call a BFR). No written test of any description.

Does an Aussie AFR pass the muster for a BFR in NZ? I dunno.
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