The objective of the WINGS Program is to address the primary accident causal factors
that continue to plague the general aviation community. By focusing on this objective,
we hope to reduce the number of accidents we see each year for the same causes.
As you will see, it is not a simple “Award” program but is instead a true proficiency
program, designed to help improve our skills and knowledge as pilots.
The WINGS - Pilot Proficiency Program is based on the premise that
pilots who maintain currency and proficiency in the basics of flight will enjoy
a safer and more stress-free flying experience.
You select (in your Airman Profile) the category and class of aircraft in which
you wish to receive training and in which you wish to demonstrate your flight proficiency.
Requirements for each aircraft category and class include specific subjects and
flight maneuvers. To ensure you receive a well-rounded learning experience, only
certain flight activities fulfill specific credit requirements. More information
about how these subject areas are selected is available on your MY WINGS page.
The program encourages an on-going training program that provides you an opportunity
to fly on a regular basis with an authorized flight instructor. The program is most
effective if the training is accomplished regularly throughout the year, thus affording
you the opportunity to fly in different seasons and in different flight conditions.
Reviewing and refreshing your knowledge is just as important as actual flying. To
meet this goal, we provide you many opportunities to complete online courses, attend
seminars and other events, and participate in webinars. Many 3rd party activities,
such as those offered by AOPA, ASA, Sporty’s, Gleim Publications, and others, qualify
for WINGS credit and will indicate such credit on their web site.
In almost all cases, arrangements have been made with the FAASTeam to automatically
provide WINGS credit after the activity. However, please allow at least 24 hours
before inquiring about WINGS credits. Remember, if you have questions about a course
or activity, check with the provider. If you have a question about the WINGS Program,
Note that completion of any Phase of WINGS satisfies the requirement for a flight
review. So not only will you complete a review of the most common weak areas that
have led others to the accident site, but you end up with a flight review, as well!
In addition, we have two excellent resources to help you navigate the WINGS
Program: the FAA Advisory Circular on the WINGS – Pilot Proficiency
Program, AC61-91J, and a WINGS User’s Guide.
An expanded explanation of the WINGS Program is available by clicking
For information about Quick WINGS, click this link
Thank you for participating in the WINGS – Pilot Proficiency Program!