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Hey all. Very glad to have found this forum. I have a feeling I'm brining up a common topic, but here goes anyway... I have not flown since 1996. At that time I was attempting to earn a living as a CFI, and I just couldn't survive and had to take on other employment. But rather than stick with it part time I just walked away... And for some strange reason it didn't bother me like I thought it would. I stopped reading flying magazines, etc. Fast forward to today, and I'm really feeling the itch. It's probably the worst possible timing..I was just laid off from my job in the IT field, GA isn't exactly setting the world on fire from what I can tell... But I can't get it out of my mind. I've been stopping by numerous local airports, picked up a FAR/AIM and a sectional, continue to go out of my way to dine at airports with restaurants. And to add to the mix I have recently been diagnosed with high BP, not alarmingly high but high enough that they want to start me on medication. I know there are a number of meds you can be on and still get a medical, and plan to research that. But I feel that I must take the controls once again, and it seems like there is no stopping me. So, am I nuts? Not sure how far I would take it...just get current for VFR personal flight, or get IFR current and/or renew the CFI. It's a shame really, I loved teaching, and had no desire to climb the ladder to corporate or airline flying. If I could have gotten by as a CFI I would have stuck with it. I almost moved somewhere with year round flying weather but didn't want to leave home (NJ). So apologies in advance for rambling on a bit, it's just something that's obviously gotten to me lately. I know it's quite common for folks to take a long hiatus from flying, so like I said I suspect I am not alone. How about a couple of more concrete questions: For a 1,000 hour CFI who hasn't flown in 13 years, what can I expect in the way of a BFR? Any tips on getting current with new regs, etc? I see that GPS has become quite common, never flew with one. Many thanks for, if nothing else, listening. Hope to rejoin the ranks of you active pilots very soon.
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