Course content

Overview of key points we cover in our strip flying courses:

  • Basics

    Basics
    • Speed control by using nose attitude and not the ASI
    • Keeping eyes outside the cockpit
    • Slower approach speed than most pilots use. 55 kts – not 70 kts
    • Importance of a stabilized approach at correct glidepath angle
    • Low level circuits
    • Use of flap on takeoff (rotation) and landing (dumping flap)
    • Factors affecting aircraft performance – weight; horsepower; altitude; air pressure/density etc
  • Airstrips

    Airstrips
    • Assessing a new strip for suitability – length; surface condition; approaches and go around; fences; stock etc
    • Wind. Tailwind takeoffs and landings
    • Decision making. Go around and commit points
  • Advanced

    Advanced
    • One way
    • Sloping
    • Curved
    • Beaches
  • Mountain Flying

    Mountain Flying
    • Loss of horizon
    • Avoiding turbulence
    • Confined space reversal turns
    • Ridge crossings

All our courses are very practical and non theory based. We believe in getting out there in the aircraft and showing you how it is done – not discussing complicated theories and formulas in the classroom.

For more information, call 03 578 5073 or email fly@marlboroughaeroclub.co.nz