|Get proficient and stay proficient. Stay safe and feel more stress-free
while flying. Professional pilots who fly every day still get dual about every 6 to
12 months. Most GA pilots don't fly every day and some not even every
month - and they only get dual every 24 months via a flight review. What's
wrong with this picture? Most GA pilots are not as proficient as they
could or should be.
You can fix that through the FAA WINGS program for GA pilots. The intent of the WINGS program is to keep pilots current,
sharp and proficient - similar to professional pilots. This can't be done
with one dual flight every 24 months. It is not a simple "Award"
program but is instead a true proficiency program, designed to help
improve our skills and knowledge as pilots
After completing a WINGS "phase", pilots get credit for the
equivalency of a Flight Review. Each "phase" requires 3 on-line
ground training credits and 3 flight credits using different training
maneuvers. All of these credits must be done within a 1-year time table to
receive WINGS credit and a flight review equivalent certificate.
I did flight reviews through the WINGS program for years, but
almost all pilots wait until the review is due then expect to do all 3
flight credits in one sortie - which can be done, but it defeats the
purpose of the WINGS program. The fix is to fly with a CFI about
every 120 days and do one flight credit. Three credits must be accomplished within
a 1-year time period for flight review credit.
- Sortie time is up to you as long as it satisfies the WINGS credit
- You could cover much more than just the WINGS requirements on
these flights. For instance, practicing anything you want and/or
practicing for the next WINGS sortie.
Your CFI will verify your FAASTeam WINGS Program accomplishments
and that will qualify for your flight review. The Wings Program has
been simplified considerably from the previous Wings Program and is an
excellent method for accomplishing Flight Reviews.
These links provide more information on the WINGS
The short version is:
Why use the Wings Program for your Flight Review?
- Have you ever wanted to go fly, but wondered where to
go, or what to practice? The Wings Program will provide you a
list of challenges to work on during the 2-year period -- that's much
more fun than a $200 hamburger.
- The goal is to stay sharp -- not get sharp once every
- It's not the goal, but you "could"
demonstrate all the required maneuvers in one flight if your time is
- You don't have to pay for ground school time with a
CFI because you do the ground school over the internet.
- You know what to expect during the dual.
- It's not just a square filler, it is a method to have
fun, learn, stay safe and stay sharp.
- The CFI has a specific plan on what you will
CFI Information about
on the Wings Program from the FAA Safety Briefing Magazine, Mar/Apr 2013