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Pilot training

Learning to fly is an extremely rewarding journey. You will require a minimum of 25 hours of dual flying instruction and a minimum of 15 hours of solo flight, under supervision. For best results you should plan to fly at least once a week.

A student pilot licence can be issued at age 16 but the licence itself requires a minimum age of 17.

The requirements for a Gyroplane licence are a class 4 medical, a restricted radio licence, a flight skills test and a minimum of 75% in the following theory exams:

•  Principles of Flight
•  Aviation Law
•  Air Navigation
•  Aviation Meteorology
•  Engines and Airframes
•  Human Performance

The practical flying syllabus as detailed in the manual of procedures includes:

• Familiarisation with the aircraft.
• Preparation for flight and action after flight.
• Air experience.
• Effects of controls.
• Taxiing.
• Straight and level flight.
• Climbing.
• Descending.
• The hover.
• Medium turns.
• Gliding and climbing turns.
• Take off into wind.
• Approach and landing into wind.
• First solo.
•  Steep turns.
• Low flying.
• Take-off and landing out of wind.
• Precautionary landing.
•  Forced landing.
• Action in the event of fire.
• Restarting engine in flight.
•  Pilot navigation (cross-countries)

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