Flying Evaluation Boards
Flying Evaluation Boards or “Flight Boards” as they are commonly called, reflect the Army's effort to maintain the rigorous professional standards that are established for military aviators. In the U.S. Army a flight board is convened in accordance with Army Regulation 600-105, Aviation Service of Rated Army Officers, AR 600-105. If an aviator's performance is questioned, a Flying Evaluation Board (FEB) be convened. A Flying Evaluation Board, like other boards of inquiry, are administrative, fact-finding guided by Army Regulation 15-6 (AR 15-6) proceedings convened to ensure that information relevant an aviator's rated qualifications are evaluated in both a fair and an impartial manner. A Flight Board may be convened and result from allegations of misconduct, accidents or alleged violations of aviation rules and regulations. Flight Boards can have a significant impact upon a pilot's aeronautical ratings which not only impact a military pilot's career but may also impact a pilot's desire for a subsequent civilian aviation career. As with all matters, early and frequent communication with an experienced military counsel will improve a pilots' likelihood at a favorable result before a Flight Board.
When are Flight Boards Convened
A commander may convene a Flight Board under any of the following circumstances:
- Suspension or disqualification from aviation service for more than 5 years;
- Lack of proficiency (unless enrolled in a formal flying training program);
- Failure to meet standards while enrolled in a formal flying training course;
- Lack of judgment in performing rated duties;
- Failure to meet ground/flying training or annual physical exam requirements;
- Intentional violation of flying regulations; or
- Member exhibits habits, traits of character, or personality characteristics that make it undesirable to continue the officer in flying duties.