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Overview
    This page is a mirror from the faasafety.gov website and provided here for your convience.

In a nutshell, to earn your "Wings", you need to attend a safety seminar and fly for 3 hours in the following areas:
  • 1 hour of upper airwork (Slow flight, Stalls, Steep turns, etc)
  • 1 hour of lower airwork (Landing, Traffic Pattern, Ground Reference Maneuvers)
  • 1 hour of instrument flying
As a Safety Counselor and Flight Instructor; If you live in southeast Georgia, then I offer my services for free for wings pilots working on their next wings level. email for details and to schedule your flight.

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A Special Opportunity for All Pilots
    WINGS is an excellent way to gain proficiency. What is WINGS? WINGS is the FAA Pilot Proficiency Award Program designed to encourage general aviation pilots to continue their training. It provides an opportunity to practice selected maneuvers in a minimum of instruction time. WINGS is an excellent opportunity for you to re-evaluate your flight proficiency and knowledge.
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If You're a Pilot, You're Eligible
    WINGS is open to all pilots holding an ultralight/recreational certificate or higher with a current medical certificate, when required. After you've logged three hours of dual instruction under the program and attended at least one FAA-sanctioned safety seminar, you will be eligible to receive and wear a distinctive set of WINGS. You will also receive a certificate of completion.

Your attendance at this safety seminar fulfills one of the requirements of the Pilot Proficiency Award Program (WINGS Program). Completion of the requirements of the WINGS Program, as outlined in Advisory Circular 61.91H, will qualify you to receive a WINGS lapel pin and wall certificate. Additionally, if you satisfactorily complete a phase of the WINGS Program within the period specified by Section 61.56 of the Federal Aviation Regulations , you need not accomplish a biennial flight review.

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More Wings to Work For
    Each twelve-month interval after earning your first set of WINGS, you will be eligible for more WINGS. Each WINGS pin is specially designed to mark your additional progress.

The program has twenty phases. The program was designed to offer participating airmen and women with a twenty-year recurrent training opportunity. Training profiles represent areas of operation identified by NTSB and DOT accident reports as the areas most likely to produce accidents. Involvement in an aircraft or ultralight accident will not disqualify you for participating in the award program.

Seaplane pilots who specify “seawings” on the proficiency award application will receive a distinctive set of seawings. It's a great reason to go out and fly with a Flight Instructor!

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WINGS: "The Sign of a Safe Pilot"
    It's a fact: recurrent training makes a difference. Statistics show that pilots who participate in recurrent training programs such as WINGS have a much better safety record than the pilots who do not. Earning your WINGS could have a positive impact on your aviation insurance costs. Be sure to inform your insurance agent of your commitment to the Wings Program.

Work for your wings.
They're worth a lot more than the time it takes to get them!
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