Club Pilot Theory Notes

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Club Pilot Theory Notes 2017-07-17T14:02:43+00:00

Club Pilot theory syllabus

There are two exams to sit during the BHPA club pilot course. The topics to study are Airlaw, Meteorology and principles of flight. 

Club Pilot Airlaw:

  • Collision avoidance and rules of the air
  • BHPA framework and rating structure 
  • AIIB and incident reporting
  • CAA  & air navigation order
  • Aircharts
  • Airspace categories
  • Flight levels
  • ATZ & MATZ
  • Restricted airspace
  • Notams & AIC
  • Radio legality
  • Ballast

 

Club Pilot Principles of flight:

  • Understand basic terms:
  • lift,
  • drag
  • stall
  • angle of attack
  • centre of pressure
  • aspect ratio
  • glide angle
  • wing loading
  • L/D ratio
  • Max glide, minimum sink
  • Work examples of airspeed/ windspeed / groundspeed
  • Understand the factors affecting the paragliders stability

 

Club Pilot Meteorology:

  • How weather is formed!
  • How to obtain a weather forecast and measure the wind on site
  • Basic cloud types
  • Synoptic charts
  • Pressure systems
  • Fronts
  • Wind, pressure & temperature gradients
  • Basics of hill, wave and thermal lift
  • Identify deteriorating weather
  • Sea breeze effect
  • Valley winds
  • Convergence

 

Club Pilot Airmanship:

  • Identifying where and why rotor and turbulence is found
  • Keep a logbook
  • Purpose of the red streamer
  • Pre flight checks
  • Instability and recovery from the spin, stall and collapses
  • Speedbar & big ears used and limitations understood
  • Paragliders certification and EN testing

Hill Environment Exam Syllabus

Theory Revision notes:

  • Anti collision rules 
  • Overcrowding
  • Ridge etiquette
  • Thermal etiquette
  • Wind gradient
  • Venturi Effect
  • Rotor and turbulence
  • Take off positioning and terrain understanding
  • Slope & top landing
  • Landing approaches – varying wind speeds and environments
  • Sea breeze
  • Valley winds
  • Convergence
  • Windspeed/groundspeed/airspeed understanding

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