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During your elementary course you will need to sit the elementary exam. This exam is made up of 25 multiple choice questions, the pass mark is 70%. Here is the syllabus to help you along!

Anti collision

  • Head on
  • Head on flying along a ridge
  • Overtaking
  • Converging
  • Landing
  • Thermalling


  • Who are  the CAA?
  • Airmaps and the air navigation order
  • Airspace categories (A-G)
  • Restricted and unrestricted airspace
  • What is static kiting?


  • Wind speed – wind meter readings
  • Types of lift – dynamic ridge lift, thermals and wave
  • How are thermals formed?
  • Identify the basic cloud types – cumulus, stratus, cirrus
  • The different types of terrain we fly and the movement of the air around them (cliffs, mountains, ridges, conical hills)
  • Wind gradient



  • Daily inspection
  • Pre flight checks
  • Turbulence
  • Red streamer
  • BHPA EP/ CP/ P/AP Ratings
  • The difference between instructors and coaches

Theory of flight:

  • How the glider flies
  • Angle of attack
  • Lift
  • Aerodynamics of stall
  • Chord line
  • Drag


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