BHPA Pilot rating in One Week!

Pilot Tasks Course

Venue: Usually Slovenia
Pilot Type: BHPA Club Pilot. Minimum 25 hours at course start

Trip goals:








For pilots to finish any outstanding Pilot tasks and complete the BHPA Pilot exam during the week and achieve their Pilot rating.
The trip also suits pilots looking for a refresher course or to increase their general knowledge.
As well as the Pilot element, the week will continue to be a guided holiday, enjoying airtime and the region surrounding.

NOTE: Attending the course does not guarantee the Pilot rating. Attendees are advised to contact us if they feel they have a lot of outstanding tasks to complete.

Accommodation: Hotels with breakfast. Twin or single rooms
*Single room supplement applies
Trip Cost: £595 for 7 nights (No extra charge for the Pilot element of the trip)
Typically includes: Accommodation, Breakfast, Airport Transfer, Transport throughout, Retrieves, Guiding, Fly-guiding, Coaching, Live Trackers
Typically excludes:

- Site fees 15€ for the week.

- Food (aside from breakfast which is normally included)

Non flyer friendly Usual locations we use are not the most friendly for non flyers unless they enjoying hiking and paragliding.

None in 2018. Sorry


Many pilots in the UK pass their CP rating, move on to flying within their club and progress no further through the BHPA qualification system. There are a greater number however that wish to progress through the system, but don't know how, cannot find the right weather on the right days or simply cannot find a coach/instructor to sign off the tasks when required.


The aim of this week is to tackle these issues and provide a simple, well constructed course designed to get you from your CP rating on arrival to your Pilot rating on departure. Brett Janaway is a Chief Coach in the BHPA and well qualified to see you through the course. Although we cannot guarantee your Pilot rating at the end, in almost all cases the pilots whom attend achieve the rating.


The Importance of Pilot rating

The BHPA rating system isn't just a set of badges you collect if you are a 'badge seeker'. It is there to help you progress through a system in a controlled manner, improving your safety and knowledge along the way.


As Mark Dale (BHPA Technical Officer) once put it;

EP = Has the ability to earn a driving license (learn to paraglide)
CP = Has a license to drive round the car park (fly on club sites)
Pilot = Has a license to go out on the main roads (fly XC where you choose)
Advance Pilot = Advanced driver (master of your craft)

Good glider control, accurate landings. All part of the fun!



Very few pilots aspire to obtain the Advanced Pilot rating but everyone should be working towards his or her Pilot rating. This is the minimum rating you can hold to fly XC, the dream of almost everybody in who takes up Paragliding.

So what does the course entail?

During the course we aim to tackle both the theory side and the practical flying side to obtaining the rating. In addition we intend to cover several tasks required of the Advanced Pilot rating. We want to take it much further though. Rather than teaching you just what is require to 'pass the exam', we want you to learn many other useful (and important) aspects of wing control, flying, thermalling, recover, piloting, XC, route planning and competition basics.


Specifically we aim to cover the following;


    • Hand-outs with all the important information
    • Several short theory lessons to aid with learning
    • The dreaded exam at the end of the week

Limited SIV

    • 50% asymmetric
    • Rapid descent techniques
    • Pitch control

XC flying

    • 20km, multi turn point task
    • 50km Out and return
    • Mini XC competition (FAI rules)

Other aspects

    • Accurate landings
    • Alpine flying
    • Thermalling

Wing Control

Just as important to a good Pilot, but not really in the BHPA syllabus, we feel it is important to include an element of Wing Control


Kovk launch presents a good place for glider control

We aim to teach you about the limits of your wing and of developing a feel and suitable reaction to changes in pressure and pitch in a variety of conditions.

XC flying

Usually based in Slovenia, the road to the launches is excellent. The land out options are superb. The route is simple. We even aim to get you that Advanced Pilot XC task before the week is done! Slovenia has fantastic Mountain XC potential and so in the course of your holiday we’ll be exploiting that to the maximum.  We think you’ll be surprised at just how much your piloting abilities will improve.

An easy run for the next 5km



Our schedule is designed to give you the best flying experience and the most beneficial learning environment.  We think you’ll get the most from the flying environment we have set up for you...

Day 1  Arrival and hopefully a settle-in evening flight
Day 2  Full day of XC Adventure. Evening: Theory
Day 3  Wing Control followed by 20km XC task: Theory
Day4   Wing Control followed by 20km XC task: Theory
Day5   Full day of XC Adventure
Day6   Full day of XC Adventure
Day7   Half day of XC Adventure, relaxed afternoon. Exam evening
Day 8  Fly home



When comparing prices please take into account what’s included. 
Course price is £595 (or pro-rata if not 7 days) and includes:

  • Two days of top quality SIV instruction
  • Accommodation.
  • Four days of top quality XC coaching and retrieves
  • BHPA theory and exams
  • All transport and airport transfers

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