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Bring Lapsed Pilots Back Into the Left Seat

Many pilots stop flying at some point in their careers for a variety of reasons, including increased family obligations, financial constraints, health issues—the list goes on. These lapsed pilots are often eager to fly again and become active members of the aviation community, and with your facility, an instructor, a couple hours of your time, and AOPA Rusty Pilots materials, many will do just that.

Over 500,000 Rusty Pilots Are Waiting to Hear From You

AOPA research indicates that very few inactive pilots have actually quit for good. Most see themselves as taking a breather from aviation, and fully believe that they will get back into the cockpit when the time and circumstances are right. For many, that time is now, and the circumstance just might be your school or club contacting them and inviting them back. That’s where AOPA Rusty Pilots comes in.

Attention Flight Schools and Clubs: Host a Seminar, Increase Your Business

AOPA puts everything you need to host a successful Rusty Pilots seminar right at your fingertips, including a complete PowerPoint presentation and presenter's guide. We’ll even do the marketing for you by putting our database to work for your club or school. All you do is provide a presenter and the donuts.

How the Program Works

To qualify for the free materials, you must agree to:

  • Provide a meeting place that will accommodate at least 25 seats;
  • Provide an active flight or ground instructor to present the program;
  • Accept participation in the seminar as satisfying the ground instruction requirement of the Flight Review (FAR 61.56);
  • Provide aircraft and instruction to those seminar attendees who desire to proceed with the rest of their Flight Review;
  • Provide AOPA with follow up data at 3, 6, and 12 month intervals to verify number of attendees who completed their flight reviews and became active pilots again.

AOPA will review your request and get back to you in a few days. Once approved, we’ll email you with your custom registration link, access to your roster for live updates and online access to the Rusty Pilots presentation and materials. To help make your seminar a rousing success, AOPA will provide:

  • Marketing support. AOPA will send invitations to your seminar (usually by email) to pilots within 50-70 miles of your facility;
  • Presentation support. You will receive a branded PowerPoint presentation, featuring all the information your audience will need to get back in the cockpit;
  • Presenter support. Your presenter will receive an organized, easy-to-follow guide on how to conduct an effective presentation with the materials provided;
  • Follow up support. Your audience will receive follow-up emails with additional information on how to finish their Flight Reviews, with encouragement to contact you for instruction and aircraft rental;
  • Certificate of Completion. You will be provided with a .pdf file containing a congratulatory Certificate of Completion, suitable for printing and signing by you for distribution to your attendees.

You will then conduct your seminar. Though AOPA provides everything you need, you may want to supplement these materials with information about your school or club, and maybe throw in a special promotional offer of some type. You will have an audience of lapsed pilots and others eager to learn more, so make the most of the occasion.

You might even consider holding these seminars on a regular basis, say, monthly or quarterly. This gives people the best opportunity to fit your seminar into their busy schedules. Just coordinate with AOPA to keep the promotional invitations going.

Frequently Asked Questions

What material is required to teach the class?

AOPA has built and designed Rusty Pilots as a PowerPoint presentation. You will need a projector and a computer, but no written material is required.

How long will the Rusty Pilots take to present?

The presentation was designed to be completed in under three hours.

What type of material will I have to present?

Rusty Pilots was designed to address recent changes in the world of flying. Regulatory discussions include light sport aircraft, medical requirements, airspace, and common regulations. Weather includes TAFS, METARS, internet briefing, and FSS/ Flight Watch. Operation discussions include traffic patterns, communications, incursion avoidance, and pilot responsibilities.

Can I charge for the presentation?

AOPA requires that the Rusty Pilot Program is a No Charge event. However, we encourage all participating flight schools to enroll their rusty pilots in any courses or ground schools offered by your Flight School or Flying Club. Any flights, including the completion of the rusty pilots Flight Review, is not affiliated with the Rusty Pilots program and can be performed at the normal Flight School/Club rate.

Who will present the Rusty Pilots Program?

The host flight school or flying club must provide a certified flight instructor or a certified ground instructor to present the Rusty Pilots material.

Is the presenter required to sign off a Flight Review for each Rusty Pilot?

The Rusty Pilot presentation meets the requirements of FAR 61.56 for 1 hour of ground instruction. The sign-off is an incentive for rusty pilots to overcome the Flight Review hurtle, as well as an encouragement to complete the flight portion with your school/club. For this reason, we ask that you honor the presentation as the ground portion of the Flight Review. As always, it is the final authority of the Flight Instructor completing the review in the airplane to identify the Rusty Pilot as safe.

How soon can my school schedule our presentation?

We generally ask for 8 weeks notice for proper promotion of a Rusty Pilots event. However, if there are a lack of presentations in your area, we can expedite the event within 5 weeks.

Am I guaranteed to be a presenter?

Because of our marketing research and promotional strategies, we must space events by distance and by time. Generally, we require that two separate events be separated by either 100NM or 6 weeks. Presentations are scheduled on a first come first serve basis, and your presentation is not official until we have received all the requested paperwork.

Can any Flight School or Flying club host a Rusty Pilot Seminar?

The purpose of Rusty Pilots is to encourage the completion of a flight review for pilots whose experience has lapsed while reintroducing them to the aviation community. Your flight school or club must have aircraft available for rental (or, in the case of a flying club, you must be accepting new members) and flight instructors on staff. You must also have adequate space to present to a group of at least 25 pilots.

I’d like to see the PowerPoint before I commit, can I have a copy?

Unfortunately, the full Rusty Pilots presentation is only accessible to approved presenters who have completed the required MOU contract. We have a collection of Sample Slides coming soon!

What is covered in the Rusty Pilots seminar?

Rusty Pilots was designed to address recent changes in the world of flying. Regulatory discussions include light sport aircraft, medical requirements, airspace, and common regulations. Weather includes TAFS, METARS, internet briefing, and FSS/ Flight Watch. Operation discussions include traffic patterns, communications, incursion avoidance, and pilot responsibilities.