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    Bi-Annual Checkride in MI

    Hi,
    is anybody out there who can tell me where best to perform my bi-annual checkride somewhere in the area of Muskegon MI?
    I would prefer to be checked-out on a tailwheel airplane, but any other aircraft is welcome as well.

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    Just to keep the terminology straight, it sounds like you are looking for a flight review, there is no such thing as a bi-annual checkride. One cannot "fail" a flight review as you might an initial "checkride". As for the location part, I would suggest checking flight schools in the Muskegon MI area for a flight instructor rated in the tail dragger, or more correctly conventional landing gear airplanes.
    On the other hand it sounds like you are looking to be initially qualified to fly conventional gear, that, of course, is a whole other can of worms.

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    Bill,
    thanks for straightening my incorrect terminology wrt the flight review. I will certainly look for a flight school or an instructor in the Muskegon area.
    Concerning the terminology for the landing gear configuration there are several terms in use: Our friends in the UK call it tailwheel airplane which corresponds very well to our German "Spornrad Flugzeug", whereas the terms in use in the US seem to be conventional landing gear and/or tail dragger. However, in the end we are all talking of the same.

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    Sehr gute und viel Glück.

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    Just to keep the terminology straight, it sounds like you are looking for a flight review, there is no such thing as a bi-annual checkride.
    But if you call it a bi-annual just about every CFI will know what you're talking about!
    The opinions and statements of this poster are largely based on facts and portray a possible version of the actual events.

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    A CFI would recognize biennial but not bi-annual; this why the FAA changed the name to Flight Review, some pilots were trying to take this ride twice a year instead of once every two years.

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    No, the reason the FAA changed it to flight review was because in order to appease the flight instructor lobby upon the institution of the Recreational Pilot Certificate (one colossal failure in it's own, how many were ever issued? Less than 200), the FAA changed the review to be annual for those with less than 400 hours. Fortunately, they kept rolling forward the effective date until they finally abolished the idea before anybody actually was subject to that provision.

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    I have been a CFI for 20 years. If someone approaches me asking for a bi-annual, biennial, flight review, flight check, proficiency check or many many other things they have been refered to, I get the point. I may have to ask some questions about what exactly they need, but that is my job to help. If you go to a CFI and he looks like you have grown another head and that is where the conversation dies, when using any of those terms run don't walk RUN away and find another. Now, if he/she corects you and tells you that you need a "flight review" and then asks what FAR a "flight review" is defined then he/she is a keeper. I whole-heartedly agree about utilizing consistent terms, now if we could just figure out how all of us can be consistent in maintaining consistency we would be rockin. :-)
    Rick

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    FlyingRon: My post I hoped was a bit tongue in check....but thanks for the history which I did not know.

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