Red Ribbon Foundation (Pilot Rating Course.)
This popular course option was introduced in response to the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association’s concern over the lack of continuation training for newly qualified novice Club Pilots which impacts on safety and can be linked to the likelihood of the new pilot leaving the sport in the short term.
The Red Ribbon Foundation Course, named because of the red ribbon worn for the first 10 hours of post Club Pilot qualification flying by the new fledgling, initially concentrates on support and guidance in these all important first flying hours in the club environment and onwards to gaining their Pilot Rating. A firm foundation for many years of happy flying.
Why should I want a Pilot Rating?
The novice Club Pilot Rating (CP) is a basic skill set of knowledge and flying ability. Yes the new CP can fly, take off and land and do some soaring in between. But their experience is limited, the range of conditions and tasks that they have been exposed to has been deliberately constrained to keep them in one piece.
The Red Ribbon Foundation Course will build upon basic skills and help the new CP learn to fly with the appropriate skills and knowledge to help them be better equipped for more demanding and exciting conditions, enabling them to have longer, higher more exciting flying, whilst still maintaining an acceptable level of risk. This leads them along the flight path that allows them to fly across country and navigate away from the Club Pilot sites, fly with improved safety over foreign lands, or perhaps take part in competitions, many comp’s are now demanding a Pilot Rating. New pilots often want to share their knowledge with others and the Pilot rating (plus a 100 hrs of post CP airtime) allows them to enrol on the Instructor training Scheme. But what it is really about, is making our pilots more capable, experienced, safer and gaining more satisfaction from the sport.
So what’s involved? (Pilot task book 2014)
Upon qualifying as a novice CP the new pilot receives a Pilot Task Book which lists the current tasks for Pilot and Advanced Pilot ratings, it includes a structured program of practical and theoretical tasks designed to build upon CP skills and qualify as Pilot rated or if they so desire progress onto the highest rating of Advanced Pilot.
The post CP tasks for Pilot Rating include the following:
· Revision of light wind take offs and landings
· Consistently demonstrate precision landings within a 10m radius
· Demonstrate slope landing if not completed during CP
· Experience soaring on 5 different sites, 3 must be inland
· 2 top landings on 3 different sites
· 3 flights each of at least 1 hour duration
· Demonstrate co-ordinated 360 degree turns in both directions
· 3 flights with height gains of at least 1,000’ ato in thermal conditions
· Minimum 50 flights
· Minimum 25 hours
· Demonstrate slow flying awareness and know dangers
· Demonstrate ability to fly correctly with others, apply rules of the air and have correct attitude
· Display theoretical knowledge of asymmetric deflations, stalls, spins, spiral dives, and B line stalls
· Pass theory examination
Your instructor with guide you through the tasks with practical demonstrations and guidance, if the opportunity arises the CP can benefit from airborne tuition on the school tandem wing.
The tasks need to be signed off by a Senior Coach or Chief Flying Instructor but don’t all have to executed in their presence to enable the pilot to gain experience away from the instructor flying within a club environment.
The one off fee has no session limit and includes theory sessions and time to sit the Pilot exam if the student wishes to progress that far. Course fee does not include BHPA examination fees.