The syllabus at this stage of training is broken down into seven modules each of which includes a combination of solo General handling, Solo Navigation, solo Night Flying and dual checks. The dual checks are designed to monitor the progress of the student, considering that the majority of this training is solo flying. Some dual checks will be conducted on the simulator in order to consolidate and to learn new Instrument flying skills.
There are a number of compulsory navigation flights built into the course including international and flights to the busy airspace around Johannesburg. These flights are designed to build the right kind of experience and expose the student to challenging situations. Students will be paired off and encouraged to fly together on the more challenging navigation flights. Instruction will be given on basic multi crew cooperation and students will be expected to work together as a team in the cockpit.
During the briefing in preparation for this course the skills test forms for the Instrument rating and the CPL test will be reviewed. The objective here is to begin preparation for the final flight tests by considering the exercises to be flown and the allowable tolerances. During solo flight training exercises the student can work toward achieving the high standards required in the final flight tests. An important aspect of this phase is the involvement of your instructor who will mentor you through the course. As well as the regular dual checks there are a number of important briefings in the course.
These regular meetings between student and instructor allow the trainee pilot to touch base with the instructor. The instructor will check the student’s progress and guide them through the training process. On completion of each solo flight the student will fill in a self evaluation of his or her performance including a summary of their flying hours. This part of the course includes important modules on Crew Resource Management (CRM) which explores human aspects of piloting. Briefings will be conducted on topics such as Stress Management, Communication Skills and Situational awareness. During this phase of the training the student will attend CPL ground school in preparation for the written examinations. It is compulsory for the student to pass the written examinations before the final phase of the training is commenced.