Co-Pilot Course


If you fly regularly as a passenger with someone in a light aircraft, then this course may well interest you!

Aimed particularly at couples who fly together, it would make sense if the non-pilot could actually fly, get help, and land the aircraft in an emergency.

That's exactly what this course does.

The co-pilot is taught to do just that. To fly from their right-hand seat, to get assistance via the radio, follow 3-D directions, and to finally land the aircraft safely.

We teach you life-saving basics that will get you all home safely. We make the training relevant, reliable, and realistic!

On completion of the course, you'll get a certificate as a reminder of an achievement you will be proud of. Some people even go on from there to gain their Private Pilots Licence as a result.

There is no time limit to the course, and the time it takes to reach a standard where you get a certificate varies with individuals. However; even some training is better than none, and can only be beneficial to everyone in the aeroplane.

Listed below is the syllabus plus some frequently asked questions for your information.


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The Syllabus

  • Practical Flying
    • Straight and Level
    • Instrumentation
    • Climbing/Descending to Altitudes
    • Turning onto Headings
  • Getting Help
    • Use of the Radio
    • Use of the Transponder
  • Landing
    • Approach Techniques
    • Aircraft Configuration
    • Landing
  • Emergencies
    • Go-Arounds
    • Stall Recovery

Frequently Asked Questions and Prices

  • 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?
    • If you need to hire an aircraft at a location close to us, we have various choices, and we can do the course there.
    • If you want to use your own or syndicate aircraft that is absolutely fine too. In some ways, using your own aircraft is better since you'll become really familiar with it as part of the course!
    • If you belong to a flying club already, most clubs are happy for us to instruct in their aircraft if that's an option you'd like to pursue.
  • What are the costs?
    • 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.
    • If you want to use your own aircraft (or syndicate, or own club aircraft) there are two options; £250 per day, or £50 per hour for our instruction.
    • If you want us to come to you, just add our travelling and accommodation (at cost).
    • If you want to hire locally to us, then the aircraft cost depends upon the hire rate (which is dependent on type of aircraft) and the location (club) we choose to use. Please feel free to contact us for more detailed information.