WINGS seminar set for PRA 50th anniversary fly-in

The Popular Rotorcraft Association (PRA), working in conjunction with the FAASTeam, the FAA’s safety education program, has received approval to grant WINGS continuing education credits to pilots attending the Aug. 1 seminar on Radio Use in the Traffic Pattern by Pilots of Light Sport Aircraft (LSA).

This seminar will be of value to pilots of low-mass, high drag small aircraft as well as pilots of larger faster aircraft wanting a better understanding of what to expect when flying with these slower aircraft in the traffic pattern, organizers noted.

Course author Tim O’Connor, a CFI, Advanced Ground Instructor and FAASTeam Representative Volunteer, received notice from FAA FAASTeam Program Managers that the PRA seminar attendees will be eligible for WINGS credit and all interested attendees will have the class added to their WINGS instructional record.

The PRA is an international organization formed in 1962 that remains the only U.S organization devoted exclusively to pilots and builders of personal rotorcraft such as gyroplanes and small helicopters. The PRA will be continuing its efforts to work with the FAA to improve personal rotorcraft safety and hopes to continue collaborating with the FAA in efforts to offer quality free education events, officials said.

The Aug. 1 seminar is free and student pilots and seasoned pilots are invited to attend, however, one-day attendance for the PRA convention is $5. The seminar will include basic instruction on radio use by pilots in LSA aircraft and discuss pattern operations at non-towered airports. The program focus is on flying and flying with low-mass, high-drag small aircraft such as small airplanes, trikes, powered parachutes, gyroplanes and light helicopters in the traffic pattern.

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