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High Anxiety: It’s Flight Review Time Again

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January 2015-

Ugh. Here we go again. Every two years I ask myself the same question: What would my idol, the venerable Lyn Freeman, do about my upcoming flight review?

I've been following Freeman's writing career for decades and have smiled many times while reading his work—and occasionally I have even agreed with him. So again I asked myself, what would Lyn do? I don't really know what Lyn would do, but as for me, three things come to mind: procrastination, procrastination, procrastination—and of course, procrastination. (I know... that's four items.)
So here it is, just one week from my flight review. I have an appointment lined up with my flight instructor, who we'll call Dave in this article, but who shall go nameless to protect the innocent. (Actually, his name is Dave.)
Every two years I have the same routine: I wait until a week before the review to actually get ready. However, I have a plan that has proven to work well for me with a minimum of fuss and effort. And my preparation accomplishes what it's supposed to accomplish—a review of my flight skills and a general cleaning-off of the accumulated aviation dust from the last two years.
My plan has two phases. Phase One is an intellectual plan, and Phase Two is a flight skill plan.

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