“Okay, maybe I’m being petty here, but I dropped WINGS for two reasons. First of all, I was skeptical of giving the Feds access to my training records. No, nothing embarrassing here, but just simply it’s none of their business! I don’t like being monitored by the government while pursuing my hobby. Second reason, the petty one, is they stopped giving out WINGS pins! Those pins were a visual reminder of accomplishments to fellow pilots and non-pilots alike. I was proud of my collection and working to get higher and higher levels….. Then POOF they were gone. All that’s left is a computer record in Washington, D.C. Another example of government lack of insight.”
Another reader, David St. George, was quick to respond: “Those WINGS pins are still part of the program; donated by Avemco.”
He’s right. Avemco Insurance Company has been providing pins to WINGS participants since 2010, according to Marci Lyn Veronie, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing for the aviation insurance company.
Since then, Avemco has given away more than 22,000 pins to WINGS participants, she reports.[Read more…]