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AOPA Flying Companions Course

Companions

AOPA is proud to introduce its Flying Companions Certificate Course. The course has been designed to increase the enjoyment, participation and confidence in flying for those who regularly accompany private pilots. This includes the safe recovery and landing at an appropriate airfield as a result of a simulated emergency.

The course is available from any flight training organisation that is a corporate member of AOPA.

The AOPA Flying Companion’s Course has been structured to enable those who fly regularly with a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) holder to be more involved in the flight and, therefore, more confident when flying as a passenger.

It is appreciated that some flying companions may wish to continue training for the PPL, if so the hours flown on the course may be counted towards that qualification. However, it should be noted that the syllabus is an abridged version of the early flight exercises and ground studies for the PPL and covers only parts of the training requirements for the JAR-FCL PPL. Similarly, those wishing to assist with the operation of the radio on a private flight would need to hold a Radiotelephony Licence and their Instructor will be able to advise how to achieve this. The training for this AOPA Certificate will not necessarily comply with the standard procedures and phraseology required by the applicant for a Radiotelephony Licence.

Course Objectives

  • To increase the enjoyment, participation and confidence in flying for those who regularly accompany private pilots Completion of at least 10 hours of briefings/ lectures given by a flight instructor at a level appropriate to the requirements of the course.
  • Safe recovery and landing at an appropriate airfield as a result of a simulated emergency. This is not conducted as a test and use of Emergency Services may be made if available.

Satisfactory completion of the course will enable the candidate to obtain the Flying Companions Certificate.

Flying Training

The course consists of a minimum of eight hours dual flying with a qualified Flight Instructor conducted within a period of 12 months. This would normally be undertaken in the type of aircraft regularly flown with the student taking control from the appropriate passenger seat.

Theoretical Knowledge Instruction

  • Subjects covered:
  • Air Law
  • Principles of Flight
  • Human Performance & Limitations

Flight Training

  • Subjects covered:
  • Effects of controls
  • Making use of instruments
  • Aircraft systems that need to be monitored
  • Use of the radio and transponder
  • How circuits are flown at an airfield
  • Understand the aeronautical map
  • How to use the Emergency Services

Flight Exercises

  • Covering:
  • Cockpit familiarisation
  • Use of radio
  • Using controls in flight
  • Flying straight and Level
  • Climb, descend and turn
  • Make a safe landing
  • Reading an aeronautical map in the air
  • A simulated emergency

Obtaining the Flying Companions Certificate

Download a syllabus and application form:  Click here to download the syllabus and application form

When you have completed the training course, complete the application form contained in the syllabus and have it certified by the the instructor(s) conducting the course.

The completed form should then be sent to AOPA along with a cheque for £20 to cover administration and issue of certificate.

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