• Caution! Wake Turbulence!

    Introduction

    Courtesy of Avemco Insurance, this course is presented free of charge.

     

    This course is designed to explain or refresh the basic concepts of wake turbulence and how to avoid a wake turbulence encounter. It consists of illustrated text material, followed by three interactive activities designed to solidify the principles, links to relative material for further study, and a quiz.
     

    The course, including the quiz, will require about 40 minutes to complete. You may leave the course before finishing, please note where you left off as your place will not be remembered by the system. Satisfactory completion of the course and the quiz is valid for ½ credit for Basic Knowledge 3 in the FAA wings program.

     

    When you complete the course, you will be directed to an online quiz. At the beginning of the quiz, you will be asked to enter the email address that you use to log into your Wings account. Please be accurate when entering that email address since that is the only means of issuing your Wings credit. Please allow up to seven days for you Wings credit to be issued.

  • Module 1: Principles of Wake Turbulence

    The Basics

  • Accident Example #1

    Accidents discussed in this section are presented in the hope that pilots can learn from the misfortune of others and perhaps avoid an accident. It is easy to read an accident report and dismiss the cause as carelessness or as a dumb mistake. But let's remember that the accident pilot did not get up in the morning and say, "Gee, I think I'll go have an accident today." Nearly all pilots believe that they are safe. Honest introspection frequently reveals that on some occasion, we might have traveled down that same accident path.

  • Module #2: At altitude

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  • Accident Example #2

    Accidents discussed in this section are presented in the hope that pilots can learn from the misfortune of others and perhaps avoid an accident. It is easy to read an accident report and dismiss the cause as carelessness or as a dumb mistake. But let's remember that the accident pilot did not get up in the morning and say, "Gee, I think I'll go have an accident today." Nearly all pilots believe that they are safe. Honest introspection frequently reveals that on some occasion, we might have traveled down that same accident path.

  • Activity #1

    About the Activities

    The following activities have been designed to help solidify understanding of some important aspects of wake turbulence avoidance. While they appear to be still images, the activities employ interactive video. To begin each one, you will click on the familiar "PLAY" arrow. Once you have completed each activity, simply scroll down to the next activity or section.

    Activity #2

    Activity #3

  • For Further Study

    There is more to know about wake turbulence and how to avoid it.

    The following references are recommended:

    FAA Advisory Circular NO. AC90-23G
     

    AIM Chapter 7 Section 4 from the FAA Website

     

    FAA Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (PHAK)

     

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    By completing this course, you are eligible for the Avemco Safety Rewards Program!

    Attendees can receive a percentage off their annual Avemco premium at the time of quote or renewal!

  • Quiz

    To earn FAA Wings credit for this course, you must successfully complete an online quiz with a score of at least 80%. You may take the quiz more than once if necessary.

    When asked for your email address, it is very important to accurately enter the email address you use to log into your Wings account.