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Old 03-25-2005, 10:59 PM   #121
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HI all..
I don't disagree that the Wings concept has merit. I see the logistical challenges implementing and standardizing it across the country would bring.
Perhaps the solution lies in a different approach. Would a system of something like a field check be a better solution? In lieu of a wings deal a pilot would become “Certified” at his home field, and a check flight at another location would be required to be eligible to fly at that field. If that were the mandated practice it may solve the many problem that an across the board wings does not. Then the various local issues can been factored in to the pilots training. The Pilots MAAC card could be stamped and he now has authorization to fly at that field and can demonstrate that to any member that may have cause to question weather not he is permitted to fly at that particular field.

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Old 03-25-2005, 11:48 PM   #122
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Hangman wrote:"All they wanted me to do was have one of the club reps hand hold me for the first flight to make sure i knew what i was doing. I had no problem with that and can't understand why anyone who is at all good at flying would mind being held to an individual club standard."

Hangman, I think your post is just what we needed in this thread. Even though you are still a new pilot, you willingly showed that you had nothing to fear in being asked to demonstrate your abilities to fly at another field. You trusted what you learned going through the wings program and showed a positive attitude when asked even though you were invited to fly there. Good for you and thanks for sharing your experience with us!

I love being an instructor and what a privledge it is when I have a student who shows such a good attitude towards what he is personally accomplishing going through his training. Its honestly not an ego trip for me when I can present a student with his wings. It is a feeling of pride in what this new pilot has accomplished and as sense of joy that I was able to give something back to a hobby that has given so much to me!
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Old 03-26-2005, 12:00 AM   #123
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Re: wings

Originally Posted by HangmaN
I am very new to the Hobby.. Wings last summer. I was in Florida a few weeks ago and was invited to fly at a local club there.. All they wanted me to do was have one of the club reps hand hold me for the first flight to make sure i knew what i was doing. I had no problem with that and can't understand why anyone who is at all good at flying would mind being held to an individual club standard. And as far as a wings program goes some of the best things i learned was not in the air.. Simple things like not reaching over the prop to take of the glow ignitor.. I think the most important thing in getting your wings is showing you are in control at all times and not a danger to yourself or others...
As Ron said above...."That's it in a nut shell". Well in my books anyway. That is the point I was trying to get across to Chad and others that if you really are a Winged Pilot you shouldn't have any trouble doing what you had to in Florida.

At Fun-Flys and Contests this is a hard thing to do but I would hope the organizers deal with any unsafe practice they see during their events.
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