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Hi All,

     This will probably start a heated debate, but here it goes. Should a pilot of any rating (ATP, COMM, PP, REC, LSA) be required by the FAA to fly PIC a minimum number of hours each year? Is a private pilot who only flies locally a few hours a year to maintain passenger/insurance currency as safe and proficient to fly as a private pilot who puts in 200+ hours a year? 
     Interested to hear thoughts on this. 
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Dan Heller:
Should a pilot of any rating (ATP, COMM, PP, REC, LSA) be required by the FAA to fly PIC a minimum number of hours each year?
That's philosophy, and I'm not going there.
Dan Heller:
Is a private pilot who only flies locally a few hours a year to maintain passenger/insurance currency as safe and proficient to fly as a private pilot who puts in 200+ hours a year? 
 

Probably not.  However, the FAA leaves it to us as theoretically responsible adults to make that decision ourselves.

FWIW, I remember the howl of protest which went up when the FAA introduced the flight review requirement about 1975, including the original plan which would have required annual reviews for those PP's with less than 400 hours (a provision which didn't make it to the final rule).  I do note that those flying more complex/higher performance aircraft are required by their insurers to have annual recurrent/refresher training, but that's not regulatory even if I think it's a good idea.