WRMC Fixed Wing First Solo:- is achieved when the pilot unaided, without a buddy box connection completes the following in one flight :- Take off, Fly a circuit of the flying field, Land the aircraft . All to be conducted in a controlled manner.
WRMC Helicopter First Solo:- is achieved when the pilot unaided, without a buddy box connection completes the following in one flight :- Take off and hover in a stable manner, Completes hovering forward and sideways movements in a 'T' shaped pattern, Return to original takeoff position and land. All to be conducted in a controlled manner.
A novice pilot should only attempt unaided flight with an instructor present who has confirmed abilities have reached a sufficient level to achieve this.
It is hoped that following being awarded the WRMC 'First Solo' it will not take pilots too long to gain their ‘A’ certificate, which is awarded by the BMFA when their ‘SAFE SOLO’ standard has been reached.
In recognition of their 'First Solo' flight, novice pilots will be awarded the WRMC ‘First Solo’ Certificate. Subsequent training towards the BMFA ‘A’ certificate will be conducted under supervision.
BMFA ‘A’ certificate training scheme:
The skills and knowledge that will be taught during this basic training phase will include: -
Pre-flight and Post-flight checks, Straight and level flight, Hovering(Helli), Turning, Taxiing(FW), The effect of wind on the aircraft in flight, Climbing and descending, Trimming, Stalling(FW), Orientation, Take-off, Climb, Manoeuvre, Circuit, Landing, Engine failure in flight, Safety rules and considerations.
This continuation in training leads to the pilot being competent to take the BMFA ‘A’ Test with one of our 'Examiners'.
These are the stages set out in the BMFA booklet ‘A Flying Start’ that you receive when you first join that organisation. However, not all instructors will cover these aspects in exactly the same way and some will be keen for you to spend more time practicing aerobatics to improve your ‘recovery’ skills.
BMFA ‘B’ Certificate is not just the minimum standard required for a pilot to perform in a public display but also a good test of aerobatic skill and general flying precision, also including a more comprehensive knowledge of BMFA/CAP/CAA/ANO Regulations.