Some pilots find that self study at home is sufficient to acquire the theroretical knowledge necessary to pass the Recreational Pilot Certificate exams. Other pilots prefer a more interactive and intense method of study and Caboolture Microlights offers a number of one days courses to assist.
These courses are arranged as required and can be accomodated at our office on the airfield (typically for one on one classes) or at other venues if necessary. The courses do incur additional charges for the attendees but all represent excellent value for money.
Recreational Aviation Australia introduced Human Factors training in 2007 to address the cause of most flying accidents - pilots not planes ! Unfortunately the subject tends to put off pilots who have had to "suffer" such training in other environments such as work and the title seems to have been claimed by the dayglo jacket and hard hat mentality of the Occupational Health and Safety professionals. To compound this resistance, most Human Factors text books appear not to have been written to make it easy for the reader to enjoy and understand the content.
To address these shortcomings, Caboolture Microlights designed a one day course to cover all of the content in the syllabus in a light-hearted informal style. The format is similar to the popular TV programme "Air Crash Investigation" and was compiled to let you take advantage of thousands of hours of flying experience so you don't make the same mistakes. The basic premise is that our evolution hasn't equipped us with any special skills for flying aeroplanes (or operating any other complex machinery) and has in fact left us with a few pitfalls which can trip us up and may lead to mishaps. As we can't change our evolution. the next best solution is to be aware of our shortcomings so that we can find ways to protect ourselves from making mistakes.
Although there is a charge for this course, we find that it is a lot more effective to learn all of the principles of navigation in a classroom before trying to put them into practice in the air. In the long run, this makes the course very cost effective as you need less time flying to reach the competency for the endorsement. The course includes our own textbook on navigation techniques written specifically for microlight and open cokpit aviators.
The principles of cross-country navigation (clock and compass) are naturally the same for all recreational aircraft but there are a number of differences with microlights - you can't just refold your chart or open ERSA to check a radio frequency. The solutions to these problems are thoroughly covered on the course but the solutions are equally applicable to pilots navigating in enclosed cokpit aircraft.
Basic Aeronautical Knowledge
Unlike most car drivers (who seem to know very little about how their vehicles work) pilots are expected to have a much better understanding of the how aircraft fly. This comes quite naturally to some people but, if you are not one of those, the Caboolture Microlights BAK course is designed to help. The course includes all of the information you need to pass the RAAus BAK exam
Principles and Methods of Instruction
The Principles and Method of Instruction course is part of the Caboolture Microlights Instructor Training programme. It can be thought of as similar to Human Factors for pilots - its about humans. Before we can understand how best to teach effectively it is necessary to know how different types of people learn practical and theoretical skills. This course is relevent to both weightshift and fixed-wing instructor trainees as well as prospective gyroplane (ASRA) instructors. It is packed full of practical examples of real life training scenarios.