The CP course builds on the skills you learnt on your EP course and teaches you to become more self reliant and learn the art of soaring flight

6 - 8 Days : £725

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6 - 8 Days : £725

Club Pilot Course (CP)

The CP course builds on the skills you learnt on your EP course and teaches you to become more self reliant. You learn the art of soaring flight and site assessment. The additional practical and theoretical skills are designed to prepare pilots to fly on their own in the club environment.

The CP course will take 6-8 full flying days to complete and, just like the Elementary Pilot course, can be spread over a period. The recommended maximum time to finish this course is six months.

You will learn to takeoff and fly in different wind strengths. You will also learn soaring, slope landing and top landing techniques, together with focusing on improving glider performance and safety skills, and your overall techniques.

Pilots will be flying from a variety of flying sites and in a variety of conditions to get them ready to assess and fly a site on their own. The main goal for the CP is AIRTIME and coaching pilots to be self reliant and skilled at assessing the conditions and maximising your enjoyment, so we often fly longer than the standard training schedule to ensure a high quality CP standard at the end.

Subjects & Exam

Throughout the course you will receive lectures which go into greater detail on the subjects of Air Law, Principles of Flight and Meteorology. You will be encouraged to read up on these subjects in preparation for your CP exam. 

With your CP flying tasks completed, a good pass mark in your exam (75% or more) and a successful final assessment by our Chief Flying Instructor should see your school days over.

Club Pilot Rating

On passing your CP the BHPA will send you a Club Pilot rating card and pack. Please remember; although Club Pilot status is the highest rating gained in the School, it is the minimum requirement to allow you to go recreational flying. 

At this point you will need to join your local Paragliding Club and it is within this club environment that your flying skills will develop as you fly from different sites with friends and other club members.

Our local flying club is Cumbrian Soaring Club.

 After CP / Training Abroad

We are aware that post CP, the next 10 hours of airtime are the important for pilots to remain safe and stimulated. We run Performance coaching days and foreign flying holidays throughout the year, so when you are close to attaining your CP or have just passed, you can join us in stunning locations around the world, for continuation training, which will make you a better and more confident pilots. We will introduce you to more mountain flying, weather assessment and basic thermalling skills.

Once you have gained more experience and airtime as a CP, then you can join the team on advanced courses from improving thermalling techniques and building airtime to security in flight manoeuvres over the water.

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