Choose Your Experience
For the best experience, BVA recommends flying the full program, starting with VFR 1 and working sequentially through the others. The flights were designed to be flown this way as each flight's training material builds on concepts covered in previous flights. As the program is written, it builds from VFR, to simple IFR with conventional navigation, then covers more complex IFR subjects before introducing RNAV. Plus, to be considered a WINGS graduate, you'll need to have achieved all ratings.
However, we also know that not all virtual pilots find enjoyment (or even a need) to understand all aspects of flying. You might not care much about VFR and airspace rules if all you want to do is fly a jetliner. Similarly, if you feel comfortable flying ILS approaches and want a new challenge, you might want to skip to more complex material.
For this reason, we've identified four sets of flights that pilots who don't want to fly the entire program might want to consider: VFR, Airlines, Complex IFR, and RNAV. Although you won't get the same, fulsome experience if you choose to only participate in one of these sets, you'll still get a great experience. The flights included in each set have been specifically reviewed to ensure that you'll receive enough prerequisite knowledge to complete the challenges without having completed the preceding flights.
Whether you're flying one of the subsets above or you'd like to start at VFR 1 and work through the full program, we hope you'll enjoy the learning packed into the 30 WINGS flights shown below. To get flying, click the name of a flight in the table to view the training materials associated with the flight.
The final Wings Over New England VFR flight takes you from Nashua Airport (KASH) back to Boston Airport (KBOS) using a published helicopter route to transition into the Class B airspace. Contrary to their name, helicopter routes at Boston are also used by fixed-wing aircraft and are an excellent way of navigating through the complicated and busy Class B airspace.
In this introduction to Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), you will depart and arrive at Boston Airport (KBOS) using a Standard Instrument Departure (SID) and an Instrument Landing System (ILS) approach. The focus of this rating is on proper compliance with the LOGAN# departure procedure, listening and responding to ATC instructions, and flying the ILS approach successfully.
WINGS IFR 17 takes you from Boston Airport (KBOS) to Rutland Airport (KRUT) to introduce the RNAV departure and discusses the concept of Controller-Pilot Datalink Communications (CPDLC). The approach at KRUT is an RNAV full approach with a hold-in-lieu-of-procedure turn, as well as a missed approach with an RNAV hold. This flight also provides more practice flying RNAV holds using the FMC.
In this flight, you'll contend with the challenge of obstacles and terrain. But, armed as you are with your knowledge of ODPs and RNAV approaches, you'll be ready to tackle this one without too much trouble. Serving as a review of some of the previous materials we've covered and a reminder of the advantages RNAV has to offer, enjoy the views while you fly WINGS IFR 20!
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