When inspectors met Orville and Wilbur for that first ramp check on the sands of Kitty Hawk, the brothers ran them off and then complained to the government because these inspector guys didn’t know much about flying machines. FAA management opened a file on the complaint, convened working groups, assigned committees, consulted with cost analysts, assessed the environmental impact on the North Carolina coast and coordinated with legal experts. But not much changed until, luckily, World War II happened, and the agency suddenly had a bunch of veterans who knew how to fly. A handbook (4040) appeared, and an Events Based Currency (EBC) program was created to assure that every general aviation operations inspector would be current and proficient … uh, that is, when the budget allowed. Nonflying management determined that three hours in a single and three in a light twin every three months were sufficient to maintain at least some shred of proficiency.