Pilot DevelopmentYou've got your CP - congratulations! We hope that this is the start of a long, safe and enjoyable time as a pilot. If you are not already a member of the NHPC you can find details on joining here
This section of the website is aimed at new pilots who have recently attained their Club Pilot rating from a BHPA school. It may also be a useful resource for non-current pilots who need motivation or reassurance to get out flying again.
The Club Pilot (CP) is the first rating on the BHPA's Pilot Rating System. Getting your CP does not mean that you are sufficiently "qualified" and can stop learning. At this point you can choose to continue your education in a club environment, instead of through instruction at your flying school. So, if you are interested in improving your skills and continuing to learn, please read on!
You may choose to spend your first few hours, flying with no specific aim other than to safely accumulate airtime. However, it is well known that pilots make safer more efficient progress when they are given particular tasks to undertake. A new pathway to learning, the "Pilot Development Structure" (PDS) has been devised by a panel of experienced BHPA coaches. It offers an alternative to the more formal Pilot Rating System (Club Pilot > Pilot > Advanced Pilot), whilst running in tandem with it. BHPA PDS Webpage
ResourceThe NHPC Handbook 2023 Season is a good resource for Club Coach Contacts, safety information and more.
The following discussions on the forum Coaching and Safety are good sourches of info too.
Pilot Rating ResourcesIf your currently working towards your pilot exam you may find the following resources useful:
BHPA Mock Pilot Exam