Aerial view of the Reno-Stead Airport taken from an aircraft flying overhead.

Information for pilots and users of Reno-Stead Airport.

There are Modifications to the WINGS Program

Modification of the WINGS Program Requirements
Notice Number: NOTC3173

We are pleased to announce an addition to the Basic Level requirements of the WINGS – Pilot Proficiency Program. This change will take effect with the next launch of enhancements to, tentatively scheduled for the late evening of September 14th.

Based on a recent analysis of accidents in the years 2008, 2009, and 2010, and in accordance with paragraph 4 of Advisory Circular 61-91J, WINGS – Pilot Proficiency Program, we have revised the required subjects at the Basic level of the WINGS Program. By adding Preflight Planning, Risk Management, and Fuel Management as a major component of the Knowledge 3 subject area, we hope to generate increased emphasis and understanding of this vital part of flying. An increased level of awareness of Risk Management principles will have a positive impact on the number of accidents by General Aviation pilots.

One of the advantages of the automated WINGS Program on is the dynamic nature of the requirements. When an area that deserves greater focus is discovered, we can address that subject almost immediately.

Please note that all the current subjects are still valid; however, we are adding a new key subject area for the Basic Knowledge 3 slot. The new Basic Level lineup looks like this:

Knowledge 1 – Aeronautical Decision Making
Knowledge 2 – Performance and Limitations
Alternate Knowledge 2 – Runway Safety
Knowledge 3 – Preflight Planning, Risk Management, and Fuel Management
Alternate Knowledge 3 – Other Subjects (as listed on
Flight 1 – Takeoffs and Landings
Flight 2 – Positive Aircraft Control
Flight 3 – Basic Flying Skills

A new syllabus has been written for training providers, course providers, and seminar presenters and is available now on We will add additional activities, courses and seminars to the list of available credit items over the next several months.

Please provide the widest possible dissemination of this announcement as possible. Thank you!

Michael L. Costa, AFS-850
FAASTeam Manager