Training to your NPPL licence
We can teach you to fly at our airfield near Bicester, Pear Tree Farm, Marsh Gibbon on our training aircraft a Thruster T600N. Why do we use the Thruster? Over the years I have used a number of different aircraft and today there are many great examples out there. When it comes to learning to fly you are best taking things in small steps, get the basics sorted first. The Thruster is uncomplicated with good handling and great fun. Learning on a complex aircraft is okay but expect it to take many more hours to master the complexities of flaps, speed variations, and radio work. Once you have gained your PPL you are able to fly any other aircraft in the microlight class, with some simple differences training you could be flying one of the hot ships out there with glass cockpits and autopilots.
You will see that the syllabus calls for a minim of 25 hour, well everyone is different and unless you can commit to flying everyday and assuming the weather is good you may just do that on the Thruster but remember one thing, "its better to be wishing you were up there, than being up there and wishing you were down here"
Our air is to make you a safe pilot.
The NPPL Syllabus
Below is the NPPL training syllabus. To see the full detailed syllabus please click on picture below or go to either or www.bmaa.org.
Each flight starts with a full briefing and an action plan, with a de-brief afterwards with a plan for the next lesson. Some exercises take longer than others depending on the complexity of sortie and also the aircraft.
Each exercise will be covered in detail and as far as possible in sequence, depending on conditions. Progress through these stages will depend on each individual student, some naturally take longer than others. It should be partly your decision to move on when you have understood and can fly the manoeuvre with reasonable accuracy. After each flight a log book entry will be made and your instructor will endorse it with a signature and instructor number. Student notes will also be maintained to track your progress. While you may want to crack on through each stage as quickly as possible, sometimes a slower approach can get you there sooner. Each lesson will take around one hour, your learning curve peaks after about 15-20 minutes. You can do more than one flight a day but have a good break between lessons. As in everything in life, planning is key. Before going to the airfield look and study the exercise, that way you will be fully prepared. After the flight make notes and be critical about your own progress.
All of these stages are critical in you becoming a good and safe pilot. Some may be considered more critical than others, for example...
Phase 3. Recognising the stalled condition and how to prevent it and if it should happen how to recover. normally covered in several flights.
Phase 6. Forced landing known as PFLs You never know when the engine may stop, dealing with a PFL should become instinctive, that way you will be ready if it ever happens for real.
Phase 9. GST (General Skill Test) a practice (Mock) GST will help prepare you for the full test, this is the culmination of all your training. This will be conducted by a flight examiner and is done on behalf the CAA. Once passed you will be a licenced pilot, so naturally this is a very important stage. On the day of test it should be up to you to decide if the conditions are suitable. While you may have keyed yourself up for this, if the weather is not good,don't go. You will have been used to flying with your instructor who has been guiding you through and giving instruction (probably never stopped talking),now you're with the examiner who is just sitting there quietly, just giving the odd command. The GST will start with a document check i.e. log book, medical, aircraft records etc, moving on to weather and Notams all of which you should have prepared. The flight plan will be discussed and the sequence of the test. Moving out to the aircraft you will be asked questions about the aircraft (Ground Oral test, this could be done after the flight or at a separate time). Then on to the flight, relax and treat the examiner as a passenger, if you can then explain what you doing. The examiner may make notes, don't let that worry you, it may be good points. Try to enjoy the flight. After landing and shutting down you will receive the result. Well done!