Pacific Coast Flyers Safety Requirements
Pacific Coast Flyers maintains a record of each member's participation in safety-related activities. In order to promote continued education, safe flying, and good decision making, the club requires that within the preceding one year (from the day an aircraft is to be scheduled), members have completed two safety-related activities. These activities are primarily FAA WINGS-accredited events and courses, whether they be in-person seminars, online webinars, or online courses you complete on your own such as the AOPA ASF courses. However, we are not trying to be too strict and are willing to accept on a case-by-case basis any other activity that is deemed to satisfy the spirit of the requirement. Some examples include employer-provided or mandated education and training such as airline or military courses, recurrent training, or new ratings.
The PCF safety requirement works much like some of the FAA currency requirements we already abide by, such as the night landing requirement (preceding 90 days) or instrument currency requirement (preceding 6 months). Currency is maintained as a sliding window for each individual member. Two safety activities must have been completed within the preceding year of the date that an aircraft is to be scheduled. For example, if you attended the PCF ForeFlight seminar on 12/7/2013, and then completed the AOPA "Do the Right Thing: Decision Making for Pilots" online course on 1/11/2014, you have met the safety requirement through 12/7/2014. Then, as you continue to complete more activities, this window keeps sliding. So if you made it to the Mountain Flying seminar last weekend on 2/22/2014, your safety requirement would then be met through 1/11/2015, and so on. New members have one year from their join date to complete at least two activities initially, and then the window slides from there as usual.
> FAA WINGS
One of the best resources we have at our disposal is the FAA WINGS program and web site. If you do not already have an account, it is highly recommended that you sign up for one at http://www.faasafety.gov. Here you can find a huge list of courses, seminars, etc that all satisfy the PCF requirement, and most of which are free. Many of these link to the AOPA ASF online courses, which are an excellent way to quickly and easily get credit while freshening up on various topics. Do yourself a favor and make yourself familiar with this site. In particular, pay attention to the drop down tab labeled "Activities, Courses, Seminars & Webinars" which contains all available activities. Choose Courses, and then the "Show Wings Courses" link on the resulting page to list a plethora of online courses that can be taken immediately. Alternatively, directly visit http://www.aopa.org/Education/Online-Courses.aspx for a large list of interesting topics.
> PROVIDING EVIDENCE OF COMPLETION
You can also make your FAA WINGS transcript available for review easily by logging into the web site at www.faasafety.gov and navigating to the following page:
NOTE: For events that are hosted by PCF, a sign-in sheet is provided. If you sign in, we will update your account automatically. Otherwise, you will need to provide evidence of attendance.
> FINAL NOTES
The safety requirement is intended to help all of us and not to be an excessive burden. As such, it is structured so that members have many options for ways to fulfill the requirement and ample time to do so. You are encouraged to continue participating in activities even if you are current since it only serves to benefit you by extending your currency out further while refreshing your memory or teaching you something new on many different topics.
Finally, please don't wait until the last second to meet the requirement and discover that you are unable to schedule an aircraft when you want to. ScheduleMaster provides a 30 day notice of your safety expiration. Additionally, you should be able to check your dates by going to the "My Account" drop down, selecting "My Profile," and navigating to the "Status" tab in ScheduleMaster.
Also keep in mind the time it may take to receive a FAA WINGS validation email or other proof of completion, and the time it may take from when you send it to us to when we see it and are able to update your account.