The Advanced PPL Course


So why do an advanced PPL course?

Your Private Pilot's Licence training has taught you well. You have proved yourself to be a safe and competent pilot, operating the aircraft safely within its design limits. In fact, your training (by design) has kept you well within the flight envelope of the aircraft you fly. But even training aircraft are capable of more than you probably realise. And so are you!

For the seasoned pilot, it is also easy to fall into the world of complacency.

For both these reasons, we've designed a unique "Advanced PPL Course".

This course is for pilots of any ability - from those who've just passed their skills test to the experienced who want something "more".

Designed by us, and run by us, it's been a favourite with pilots for several years now, and has recently undergone even further refinements.

You'll learn new life-saving skills, alternative procedures (to those that you know already), and refine your airmanship and aircraft handling to new levels, giving you further self-confidence in your own abilities.

To complete the whole syllabus takes around 6 hours (it really depends on you). However, you don’t need to do everything. If there are only a few items that particularly take your fancy, then just do those! On completion of the whole course though, you’ll get a certificate as a reminder of an achievement you will be proud of.

There is no time limit to the course. If you want to split it up over a period of time that’s fine. In fact, past “advanced students” come back regularly and brush up on some of the items as part of their “dual instructional flight” requirement to keep their Class Rating valid.

See below for further information.


The Syllabus

We have produced our own very special syllabus that will explore the full flight envelope of the aicraft, plus let you gain extra confidence in you flying ability through the acquisition of new skills.

  • Advanced Stalling
    • Minimum height loss
    • Go-around stalls
    • Dynamic Stalls
  • Advanced Recoveries
    • Severe Attitudes
    • Spin Recoveries
  • Advanced Turning
    • Beyond 60 degrees
    • The turn-back
  • Advanced Co-ordination
    • Flight below the stall speed
    • Lazy Eight
    • Chandelle
  • Advanced Circuits
    • Realistic Short/Soft field take-off
    • Realistic Short/Soft field landing
    • Precision Landing
    • Crosswind Landing
    • Bad Weather Circuits
    • Side Slipping
    • Curved Approach
    • Sloping Runways
  • Distress & Diversion
    • Lost Procedure
    • Mayday/Pan 121.5
    • Speechless Code
  • Advanced PFL
    • Constant Aspect
    • Uncertainty eradication method
    • Realistic EFATO
  • Elaborate Emergencies
    • Emergency Descent (with flap)
    • Emergency Descent (Vne)
    • Partial Power
    • Stuck Throttle
    • Disconnected Controls
    • Asymmetric Flap
    • Full Instrument Failure


Remember that you are being instructed by an instructor with an enviable reputation for delivering results to you. Our personal objective is to make sure you land with a smile on your face. If you don’t – we haven’t done our job properly.

There are three options for our instructional charges; £50 per hour, £150 per half-day, or £250 per full day.

If you want us to come to you, just add our travelling and accommodation (at cost).

The aircraft costs are extra; you can use your own aircraft, hire from a training organisation local to you, or hire from a training organisation local to us.


Where can I do this course?

We are more than happy to come to you wherever you are! However, we normally operate in Essex, with relatively easy access to the airfields in the area. We teach (and examine) regularly (either as part of a club or freelance) at Earls Colne, Andrewsfield, North Weald, Duxford, Crowfield and Cambridge. There are numerous smaller airfields available such as Elmsett, Clacton, Rougham and Great Oakley within easy reach. Southend and Stapleford are also possible.


Which Aircraft can I use?

You can use your own or syndicate aircraft, which in some ways, is better since you'll become really familiar with it as part of the course!

If you belong to a flying club already, most organisations are happy for us to instruct in their aircraft if that's an option you'd like to pursue.

If you need to hire an aircraft locally to us, we have access to a variety of aircraft types and training organisations. Please feel free to contact us for more detailed information.

If you want to kill two birds with one stone, we can also incorporate a checkout onto a different type of aircraft as part of the course too! That even includes tailwheel conversions. We can arrange for use of a Piper Cub if necessary for the course at various locations.