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FAASTeam Notice
Type: Local Air Safety Information
Notice Date: Monday, March 31, 2008
Notice Number: NOTC1138
See A CFI Before You Fly! - March 2008
This notice expired on
Sunday, March 15, 2009

Alaska experiences an increase in aircraft accident numbers in the spring as those of us who don't fly much over the winter begin taking to the air in large numbers.  We all have a perception of our own skill level and proficiency as pilots, but research shows that we overestimate our own abilities.  A good CFI can give you an objective assessment of your strengths and weaknesses, tips on improving your preflight and cockpit procedures, and recommend areas for follow-up practice or training.  You might even have some fun!  It's cheap insurance against becoming an accident statistic.

A benefit available only to Alaska pilots is the Medallion Foundation's aviation training devices (ATDs).  Ask your instructor to become familiar with this tool and take the time to use it together.  Medallion's ATDs are free, and can provide a better learning environment than the actual cockpit - you can hit "pause" and have a discussion!  Learn more at

For additional learning opportunities, check out the WINGS program at  We track your flight review date, keep the records for you, and you can give your insurance company access to review your participation toward a possible discount.

We've identified the hazard (lack of recent flight experience).  All you have to do is mitigate the risk:  See a CFI before you fly!