Thu, Sep 24, 2009
On October 1st, 2006, Kevin Clover announced the formation of
the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam).
After the end of the FAA’s Aviation Safety Program,
the Flight Standards Service created FAASTeam as part of its
continued effort to reduce aircraft accidents, in particular,
elusive accident causes that were not specifically addressed by the
previous safety program.
As stated, the FAASTeam mission is to improve aviation safety by
focusing attention on training, outreach, and education in the
hopes that such combined efforts will reduce accidents for the
In April of 2007, in support of its continued mission, the
FAASTeam developed the WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program.
Founded on the belief that pilots who sustain both currency and
competence in flight basics will maintain higher safety standards,
the program helps individual pilots construct a regular proficiency
training program specific to their flight provisions. As a
member of the WINGS program, pilots are required to meet education,
review, and flight proficiency levels in the Areas of Operation
found in current Practical Test Standards that correspond to the
leading accident causes in the United States.
Bryan Neville, acting National Outreach Manager for FAASTeam,
recently sat down with Aero-TV to discuss the team’s latest
strides to improve the WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program. From
Sun’N’Fun to EAA AirVenture, FAASTeam representatives
spoke with pilots to find out how the WINGS program could better
support the needs of the general aviation community. Based on
the feedback received, Neville focused his attention on making the
website more user-friendly for WINGS participants, including a new
FAA Wings Blog where users can ask questions and offer further
suggestions for improvement.
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