In cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration, state and federal governments, aviation industry representatives, volunteer groups and other organizations – the Division of Aviation's Safety and Education section creates and promotes a variety of safety and educational opportunities for operators, aviation workers and others.
Content for programs is based on information received from accident data from the FAA, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's "Nall Report." Customer demand and trends are also factors.
Descriptions of specific programs that the Division of Aviation supports are below.
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Foundation Courses
The Division of Aviation partners with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association to sponsor professional safety courses that are usually offered alongside the fall and spring Wings fly-in events, with additional presentations offered the following week.
North Carolina Annual Soaring Safety Summit
The annual Soaring Safety Summit brings together soaring pilots from across North Carolina and the East Coast to serve the needs of a unique community of aviators who fly unpowered aircraft. The event is sponsored by regional soaring organizations, the Division of Aviation and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Helicopter Safety Summit
The Division of Aviation co-sponsors an annual Helicopter Safety Summit, bringing in industry experts and representatives for presentations on new technology, regulations and trends. Accident data, industry technology and customer demand are factors in the topics selected for the summit.
Mountain Flying Clinics
Twice a year, the Division of Aviation co-sponsors a Mountain Flying Clinic that includes seminars as well as flight training by experienced mountain flying instructors. The division works with local representatives to encourage pilots to participate in this educational program through aeronautical chart safety messages, mailers, posters and peak-visitation class scheduling.
Wings Pilot Proficiency Program
Qualifying under the Federal Aviation Administration's Pilot Proficiency Program (also known as the Wings Program), this event features safety seminars, flight proficiency training and aviation exhibits to encourage pilots to receive training more frequently than the FAA's mandatory two-year program.
The Wings Program allows pilots to meet their mandatory FAA training requirements (FAA Flight Review) by successfully completing a combination of online classes and lectures, then receiving flight training from an FAA-certified flight instructor.
Pilots are required to fly to a "performance standard" to meet the FAA's Wings requirements. Class topics are based on current accident data provided by the FAA, National Transportation Safety Board and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's Nall Report.
Flight Instructor Workshops
The best way to evoke positive change in pilot education is to become a flight instructor certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. The Division of Aviation co-sponsors an aggressive program to offer 32 flight instructor workshops each year. Topics are selected using current accident data, trends and expert opinion.
Aviation Maintenance Technician/Inspection Authorization Safety Programs
Aviation maintenance safety is an important component to flight safety. The Division of Aviation partners with industry experts to offer programmed instruction and facility tours across the state to help aviation maintenance technicians complete the Federal Aviation Administration's Aviation Maintenance Technicians awards program and meet inspection authorization renewal requirements.
Aviation maintenance technicians with an advanced inspection authorization standing can complete their yearly eight-hour training requirement (if applicable) by attending four two-hour programs or one eight-hour program. Eight-hour programs typically occur in March, corresponding with the inspection authorization renewal month requirement.
Flying Companion Course
Designed for "frequent flyers" in general aviation aircraft, the Companion Pilot Course gives participants flight confidence through a better understanding of aircraft systems and operations. Opportunities are available during many of these events to fly with a flight instructor certified by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The more the general public knows about aviation, the better. The Division of Aviation offers speakers to a number of public groups to talk about aviation, airports, aviation safety and/or state government aviation.
Youth Aviation Education
To support youth aviation education in North Carolina, the Division of Aviation co-sponsors an Aviation Explorer Post, "A Day at the Airport" programs and aviation youth camps. It also offers career days and educational materials for young people interested in the field.
Young Eagle Flight Program
The Division of Aviation supports the Experiment Aircraft Associations
Young Eagles Program, which goes beyond talking about flying to getting children ages 8-17 into aircraft for a thrilling ride. The Division co-sponsors state EAA chapter events and materials.