AOPA Rusty Pilot Seminar

On Saturday, November 11th, Leading Edge Avionics hosted AOPA's Rusty Pilots Seminar at our location. Kay Sundaram, AOPA Ambassador for Southern California, did an amazing job engaging and informing pilots who are interested in getting back into flying about all the great new advancements in aviation as well as helping the attendees polish-up on flight basics.

Kay's passion for flight began at age 12 when she received her first flying lesson. She soloed on her 16th birthday and earned a Private Pilot certificate and instrument rating at age 17. Her passion led her to a fulfilling Aerospace Engineering career during the last 20 years. Kay can empathize with what some of the attendees have gone through since she herself has been a ‘Rusty Pilot’ twice in the past and truly understands the ambition for Rusty Pilots to get back into the cockpit.

There are more than 500,000 other pilots (that's right, half a million) that have taken a little breather from flying. Whether it is the pitter-patter of little feet, a growing business, or a medical setback that had something to do with a pilot stepping away from flying, Rusty Pilot Seminars are a great way to jump back in.

The good news is that pilot certificates never expire. Once a pilot, always a pilot. A pilot never has to take another test or worry about another check ride. All they need is a Flight Review (formerly known as a Biennial Flight Review). That's it. A little brush-up with their local CFI, enough flights to demonstrate competence again (minimum one hour), and – presto! – they're back in the air. Seriously, that's all it takes.

Leading Edge Avionics was proud to host AOPA’s Rusty Pilots seminar. It was a fun, interactive day consisting of a program that gave pilots all the information they needed to get current again. Our attendees left the seminar with a logbook endorsement attesting that they’ve completed three hours of ground training toward their Flight Review. We look forward to hosting more of these industry-beneficial programs in the future.