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Summary of Flight Training Syllabus

(Click on Phase title for more detail)

 

Phase 1: General flying skills

A reasonable level of competence in all general flying skills

 

Phase 2: Slow flight & recovery

A high level of competence at controlling the aeroplane safely in slow flight , to avoid stalling and to recover safely from a stall

 

Phase 3: Take-off, circuit and landing

Take off safely, fly a circuit of the airfield and land safely, including coping with emergencies; and a high degree of airmanship

 

Phase 4 Advanced manoeuvres

Control the aircraft at steeper than normal angles of bank and sideslip, and to prevent the onset of dangerous conditions

 

Phase 5: Low flight and forced landings

Fly safely at lower level, to select a suitable emergency landing place and to carry out a safe forced landing

 

Phase 6 Solo practice and dual revision

All general flying skills and airmanship to GST standard, including knowledge of air law, meteorology, local weather and map reading

 

Phase 7: Cross country navigation

Good navigational ability with good ability to predict the weather and a high standard of airmanship

 


 

Phase 1: General flying skills

Ex1:Aircraft familiarisation

to become familiar with the component parts, controls and systems of the aeroplane

 

Ex2:Preparation for flight and Action after flight

to understand how to prepare the aircraft and pilot for flight, and how to leave the aircraft after flight

 

Ex3:Air experience

to introduce and become accustomed to the aircraft, the sensation of flying and to sample the aspect of the ground from the air.

 

Ex4:Effects of controls

to understand how each control affects the aeroplane in flight

 

Ex5:Taxying

to safely control the aircraft while manoeuvring on the ground, in different wind conditions, and on different surfaces

 

Ex6:Straight and level flight

To attain and maintain flight in a straight line, and at a constant altitude

 

Ex7:Climbing

to enter and maintain a steady full power climb, and then to return to level flight at a predetermined altitude. Also to enter and maintain a steady cruise climb.

 

Ex8:Descending

to enter and maintain a steady glide descent, then at a predetermined altitude to return to level flight or climb. Also to enter and maintain a steady cruise descent.

 

Ex9a:Medium level turn

to enter and maintain a medium (up to 30 bank) turn whilst maintaining level flight, then to return to straight and level flight on a new heading.

 

Ex9b:Climbing and descending turns

to enter and maintain a climb or descent whilst turning, or to enter and maintain a turn from a straight climb or descent.

 

Phase 2: Slow flight & recovery

 

Ex10a:Slow flight

to become familiar with the feel of the aircraft in slow flight just above the stall speed, and to recognise the symptoms of the incipient stall, and to restore the aircraft to safe flight before the stall occurs.

 

Ex10b:Stalling

to recognise and enter a fully developed stall from various modes of flight both straight and turning, and then to recover with minimum height loss to a safe flight mode. Also to recover to a safe flight mode at incipient stall stage.

 

Ex11:Spinning

Discussion only: to understand and recognise the onset of situations which may lead to an inadvertent spin, and to learn how to instinctively take the necessary control actions to effect a recovery back to normal flight before a spin occurs

 

Phase 3:
Take-off, circuit and landing

 

Ex12:Take-off and climb to downwind position

to safely take off and climb the aircraft to position on the downwind leg at circuit height. Also to land safely in the event of an engine failure after takeoff or in the circuit, and to decide against and take appropriate action if for some reason continuation of take-off would be unsafe.

 

Ex13:The circuit, final approach and landing

to fly an accurate circuit and carry out a safe approach and landing.

 

Phase: 4 Advanced manoeuvres

 

Ex14:Advanced turning

to carry out a coordinated level turn at steep angles of bank and to recognise and recover from a spiral dive. Also entry and recovery from, and uses of, a sideslipping turn.

 

Ex15:Unusual and dangerous attitudes & conditions

to recognise potentially dangerous conditions of flight, and to recover safely from unusual attitudes.

 

Phase 5: Low flight and forced landings

 

Ex16a:Forced landings with & without power

to carry out a safe descent, approach and landing in the event of the engine failing during flight, and to carry out a safe unplanned precautionary landing in an unfamiliar field.

 

Ex16b:Operation at minimum level

to operate the aeroplane safely at heights lower than those normally used.

 

Phase 6: Solo practice and dual revision

 

Ex17a:First solo

to carry out a safe and accurate solo circuit, approach and landing

 

Ex17b:Solo circuit, local area and general flying consolidation

to practice and refine all skills learned during dual training and to prepare for General Skills Test

 

Ex17c:Dual revision for GST

to correct any errors or bad habits which may have developed during ex17b and check that no aspect of training has been overlooked

 

Phase 7: Cross country navigation

 

Ex18:Pilot navigation

to fly accurately and safely in VMC and under VFR, a predetermined route, without infringing the rules governing regulated airspace.