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Developing Your Flying Skills

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The first flights for a newly qualified pilot without the watchful eye of their instructor can be daunting. This is especially true for pilots who have gained their CP outside the UK and are now venturing onto UK flying sites for the first time.

This is why the BHPA strongly advise pilots to join their local BHPA Recreational club as soon as possible - you don't even have to wait to get qualified, you can join or get in touch with your local club as you near the end of your training at a BHPA registered school. This way you can get to know your fellow pilots, and be able to seek their advice on the right gear to buy and the right places to fly.

BHPA recreational clubs can also provide the supportive environment that will help you succesfully make the transition from school to club.

Whilst the Pilot Development Structure (PDS) is now discontinued and the PDS website no longer available, most clubs have BHPA licensed Coaches who can offer advice and guidance as you strive to improve your flying skills within the supportive environment of a BHPA recreational club.

BHPA licensed Coaches are volunteers who can help pilots to develop their flying skills and progress safely through the BHPA Pilot Rating Scheme (PRS).

Never be afraid to approach a coach or more experienced pilots for advice or guidance, especially when flying a site for the first time. Every pilot has stood in your shoes at one time and will be happy to help in any way they can.

To find your local BHPA flying club, please visit the clubs page on this website.

Last updated: 16 July 2024

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