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EAA AirVenture Pilot Proficiency Center ‘Tech Talks’ Earn FAA Wings Credit

July 15, 2015 - The wide spectrum of forums, events, and resources coming to the EAA Pilot Proficiency Center at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 now has an additional benefit, as the center’s “Tech Talks” will make participating pilots eligible for FAA WINGS credits. Those credits are part of the FAA’s ongoing program that helps pilots gain expertise and proficiency in various areas of aircraft and flight operations.

“The awarding of FAA WINGS credits for the EAA Pilot Proficiency Center’s ‘Tech Talks’ at Oshkosh makes this area an even better place for pilots to learn and enhance their flying skills,” said Joe Brown, president of Hartzell Propeller and a member of EAA’s board of directors, who is among the leadership group for the EAA Pilot Proficiency Center. “Our goal is to bring additional recognition to the use of simulator-based scenarios that hone basic piloting skills. We’re very pleased we can reward this type of training when used as part of an aviator’s annual instruction regime, just like the pros do.”

Along with Tech Talks during EAA AirVenture 2015, the center will feature IFR and VFR flight scenarios in Redbird flight simulators, the opportunity to talk with certificated flight instructors, and engage in other discussion opportunities to improve piloting skills. The EAA Pilot Proficiency Center is open to all pilots and non-pilots who want to improve their flying skills and will feature IFR and basic airmanship challenges and forum programs.

Along with EAA and the IMC Club, which focuses on improving the skills of instrument-rated pilots, the EAA Pilot Proficiency Center is supported by Jeppesen, Hartzell, PilotEdge, Mindstar Aviation, FLYING Magazine, and Redbird Flight Simulations. Members of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) and the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) will also assist at the facility.

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