Long Distance Pilot Ground School for EASA Pilot Examinations
- Credit: Archant
Modular Distance Learning from PPL right through to ATPL for aeroplanes and helicopters.
Since 2007, Caledonian Advanced Pilot Training has provided real-world training for students seeking to pass the written exams for professional licences, for EASA and Transport Canada. Since then, several hundred students have passed their exams with an average pass mark of 88%.
Today, we have three bases in the UK, one in Holland, near Amsterdam, and another in the USA, at West Palm Beach. This markedly reduces our carbon footprint, as students can attend the compulsory classroom sessions nearer to their own locations.
As all of our instructors are working pilots, with experience ranging from airlines and offshore to the Canadian and Australian bush, we offer current, safety-based training that incorporates the why, so the how will become easier - it is much easier to learn things if you know why you have to learn them! Our training will help make you look like a professional in next to no time!
We think that there is a lot that can be taught in the early stages on top of the standard syllabus that will make for better pilots in their later careers. For example, PPL(H) and CPL(H) holders must pass an extra course before transitioning to multi-engined helicopters. This training is included in all our helicopter courses, and the certificate is provided on graduation. In this way, we train you for your entry into the industry, rather than just for the pilot exams. After all, you still have to pass the technical interview, and they won’t be asking multi-choice questions!
The Head of Training, Phil Croucher, is also an authorised CRM instructor, and an initial CRM certificate valid for three years is issued on graduation as well. As well as being a registered aviation consultant, Phil is also writing questions for the EASA exams and is involved in rewriting the EASA Learning Objectives for future students.
There are some who think that distance learning can be frustrating and difficult. This is not the case. Our course notes have been specifically written for distance learning, using a syllabus that takes your studies in a logical order, building up your knowledge in a steady manner. This is a comment from one of our recent students from overseas:
“I chose Caledonian as my preferred trainer because of the industry experience of the Head Trainer and the no-nonsense “straight to the point” concise nature of the training and course notes.
- 1 Building a new fuselage for a Fournier RF6B
- 2 Flight test: Comco Ikarus C42C
- 3 Grumman Albatross coming back
If you are going to succeed as an instrument-rated commercial pilot, you need to be self-motivated and capable of making your own decisions and adapting to a high workload. Oddly enough, these same skills and mindset are needed if you are going to have any chance of passing your exams. In that respect, Phil’s course is ideal in that it’s not the quantity of the information that ultimately will get you across the line, it’s quality and the attitude you develop towards your training.
In my case, I started the course in November 2013 and completed in July 2014, passing all 14 exams on the first try over three sittings whilst being a 49 year old father of two and working full time.”
“Just to let you know that I recently passed my OASC at RAF Cranwell to join the Fleet Air Arm. I can genuinely say that I wouldn’t have been able to do it without having done your course. Cheers mate!”
“I just wanted to say a big thank you to yourself, Gerry, Miguel and Richard for getting me through all of the exams with a first time pass and 92% average! Initially I was concerned and uncertain I’d be able to achieve the results needed whilst holding down a full time job and balancing family life (especially with my second child being born in the middle of my course) but your material and the structure of it made it possible, so thank you. The consolidation courses were a great aid and helped tidy up all of those gaps enabling me to be best prepared for the exams.”
“Thank you so much not only for clearly getting me through the exams but also for taking me on at such short notice and tailoring a course to my individual requirements. I’m really happy with the results of these last 5 exams. Over 90% in Gen Nav and Radio Nav, the two subjects which I was worried about due to their complexity and quantity of numbers respectively.”
The fourteen subjects (for the ATPL) are arranged in three modules, with the relevant exams being taken after each one. However, there are some advantages to be obtained in taking all fourteen at once, which many students have done successfully. Currently, our graduates are flying from the North Sea to South America, including Australia and Canada.
Why not come and join them?