The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has announced that it is now offering an interactive online version of its Rusty Pilots Program. The two-hour course is based on the in-person Rusty Pilots seminars that AOPA has been giving at venues such as fly-ins, airshows, schools and flight clubs since 2014. As the name implies, the program is designed to help pilots who have been on the ground for a while return to flying.
“We are very excited to be able to share this new online course with pilots who are unable to attend our seminars in person,” said AOPA Vice President of Aviation Program Operations Elizabeth Tennyson. “We are confident that making it available online will help many more pilots get back to active flying and make general aviation stronger for everyone.”
As AOPA’s Jamie Beckett told AVweb in a podcast before Sun ‘N Fun this year, Rusty Pilots uses a cross-country flight scenario to review key aviation information, including medical reforms, weather briefings, preflight planning, regulations and airspace. According to AOPA, more than 23,600 pilots have participated in the Rusty Pilots program since its launch. The Rusty Pilots Online course qualifies for FAA Wings credit and is available for free to AOPA members.