June 12, 2013
By Benét J. Wilson
Here’s an edited question asked by an AOPA member who contacted AOPA’s aviation services staff through the Pilot Information Center. Test your knowledge.
Question: Is it true that there is an online course that will substitute for the flight review required by 14 CFR 61.56?
Answer: Not exactly. If somebody talks about such a course, what he or she may be referring to is the FAA’s Wings program. Officially named the Pilot Proficiency Award Program, the program was established by the FAA to promote flight safety. There are 20 phases in the program and each phase requires a pilot to complete certain tasks. The tasks consist of specific ground training topics as well as flight maneuvers. If you have completed a phase of the Wings program since the beginning of the twenty-fourth month before the month in which you wish to act as pilot in command, then you need not complete a flight review. Some of the Air Safety Institute’s online courses can be used to meet the requirements for the knowledge portion of a Wings phase. Learn more about the Wings program.
AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson joined AOPA in 2011. She is working on her private pilot certificate.
Pilot Training and Certification,
Safety and Education
Over the past several years, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) developed its digital flight planning tools into a suite of products that put flight planning capability, airport directory information and aviation weather in pilots’ hands. AOPA partnered with Seattle Avionics to create FlyQ EFB, an electronic flight bag (EFB) iPad application, and FlyQ Pocket, a smartphone application.
The Air Safety Institute is supporting an FAA plan to revamp and modernize area forecasts, which have remained virtually unchanged since the 1930s.
Pilots pursuing a multiengine airplane airline transport pilot certificate should be clear on the new ATP certificate requirements that will go into effect on Aug. 1.
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