Effectiveness of the WINGS – Pilot Proficiency Program

These numbers are staggering! If you are actively involved in the FAA WINGs Program, you should be very proud of yourself! If not, you should definitely look at this data and come up with a plan to participate in WINGs! Every pilot needs to be part of the “good numbers” in this report.
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Source: Report on the Effectiveness
of the WINGS – Pilot Proficiency Program

WINGS – Accident Analysis September 15, 2011

Prepared by Bryan Neville, FAASTeam Outreach Program Manager



10 Loss of Control

4 – accidents involving low-time tail-wheel pilots — three on landing and one on takeoff.

3 – accidents involving water landings by low-time seaplane pilots.

1 – takeoff accident

1 – landing accident

1 – accident that resulted from spatial disorientation in the traffic pattern.

5 – Result of Engine Failure

3 – fuel exhaustion due to poor pre-flight planning.

1 – carburetor icing when a pilot departed after receiving a weather briefing that stated that “carburetor icing was possible at all altitudes.”

1 – water in the fuel tanks of an airplane that had sat outside open to the elements for many years.

10 – Other Causes

1 – hit a deer on a night takeoff at a field without a complete fence.

1 – gear up

1 – pilot was new to night flying, landed too fast and ran off the end of the runway.

1 – Airplane loaded to gross weight at a high-density-altitude airport and hit the approach lights on takeoff.

1 – Glider malfunction on a towed takeoff.

1 – Pipeline patrol accident at low altitude.

2 – Two VFR flights into IMC conditions.

2 – Helicopters lost control during flight.

Article by Michael Lessard

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