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VOLUME 15  FAA SAFETY TEAM POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

CHAPTER 8  SAFETY AWARDS AND INCENTIVE PROGRAMS

Section 3  WINGS—Pilot Proficiency Program

15-8-3-1    GENERAL.

A.    Purpose. This section describes the procedures for managing and administering the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) WINGS—Pilot Proficiency Program, hereafter referred to as WINGS.

B.    Scope. FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) Program Manager (FPM) will promote, manage and administer WINGS within their assigned FSDO district. This section addresses the tasks each FPM will perform while managing and administering WINGS. The computer based software program for the WINGS is located at www.FAASafety.gov. Specific guidance on airman participation in WINGS can be found in the current edition of Advisory Circular (AC) 61-91, WINGS—Pilot Proficiency Programs, the WINGS User Guide, and other help files located at www.FAASafety.gov.

15-8-3-3    TASK PREREQUISITES AND SIGNIFICANT INTERFACES.

A.    Program Tracking and Reporting Subsystem (PTRS) Activity Code. Not applicable; WINGS records are on the www.FAASafety.gov Web site.

B.    Significant Interfaces. This task requires coordination with the following organizations or individuals:

    FAASTeam Representatives (REP);

    Aviation safety inspectors (ASI);

    Certificated flight instructor (CFI) groups;

    Designated Pilot Examiners (DPE); and

    The aviation community.

C.    Automation Tools. The www.FAASafety.gov Web site.

D.    References.

1)    Legal References. Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 61.
2)    Regulatory Guidance. [Reserved]
3)    Procedural Guidance (current editions):

    AC 61-91, WINGS—Pilot Proficiency Program.

    WINGS User Guide on www.FAASafety.gov.

4)    Additional Guidance. [Reserved]

E.    Forms. [Reserved]

F.    Job Aids. [Reserved]

15-8-3-5    WINGS PROGRAM BACKGROUND.

A.    Objectives. The objective of the WINGS Program is to provide the General Aviation (GA) pilot a tool to develop and maintain a “personal proficiency plan.” The program establishes ground and flight activities designed to reduce GA accidents by having the pilot focus on continually improving their knowledge and skills.

B.    Overview of WINGS. The WINGS Program is managed by the individual airman. It is tracked and recorded in the “My Wings” section of the “Pilots” tab drop down box on the Home page on www.FAASafety.gov Web site, after you log in.

C.    FPM Responsibilities. The primary function of the FPM is to promote the use of the WINGS program to pilots, flight instructors, DPEs and FSDO ASIs as a tool to develop and maintain a personal proficiency plan and the primary method for meeting the flight review requirement set forth in part 61. FPM duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

1)    Validating WINGS credits for airmen.
2)    Promoting the WINGS Program at seminars and events.
3)    Actively enlisting flight instructors to support and participate in the WINGS Program and to teach their students how to use the program to maintain proficiency.

15-8-3-7    WINGS PROCESS FLOW. [Reserved]

15-8-3-9    PROCEDURES. [Reserved]

15-8-3-11    TASK OUTCOMES. Completion of these tasks results in the effective management and administration of the WINGS Program.

15-8-3-13    FUTURE ACTIVITIES. The FPM will ensure the continued management and administration of the WINGS Program within their assigned FSDO district.

15-8-3-15 through 15-8-3-25 RESERVED.