At Cloudbase we build relationships to last. Once you are qualified you might just say goodbye and we’ll say good luck. Lots of people just want to get on with flying. The BHPA scheme includes a progression to the clubs and all clubs have qualified coaches who can help you.

However, we know that lots of people find the transition to independent flying quite daunting or challenging so at Cloudbase we can offer post Club Pilot qualified pilots support on our Pilot/UK Cross Country course. We’ll keep an eye on you, give you tasks and challenges to improve your skills and ultimately send you away to fly confidently, competently and safely.

The cousre is three days long with one day allocated to theory in classroom and two days allocated to practical flying on the hill. You will complete the theory prior to the practical and Cloudbase will select a non flying day for this. First theory weekends are 8th/9th April with a back up of 15th/16th. Each course is limited to 10 studentsand costs £185

Practical flying will be done on an adhoc basis and would generally be conducted on a RASP 3* day or better but its not limited to that. Flying areas would normally be in Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berkshire and Wales. Cloudbase will try and give at least 3 days notice of any flyable day and will offer a maximum of 10 flying days for you to complete your two days. Please book in for your theory day using the booking diary at the bottom of this page

Once you have booked your place Cloudbase will send an Invoice via email.

Course Syllabus:

Theory Subjects


  • Choosing the right day
  • Synoptic Charts
  • RASP
  • Met Office
  • XC Weather
  • Thermal triggers
  • Thermal sources

Theory Of Flight/Speed to Fly/Airmanship

  • Thermalling Technique
  • Gliding Effectively
  • Speed bar usage
  • Map reading
  • Navigation
  • Using Instruments effectivly.
  • Wing control/SIV recovery Techniques
  • Landing Out/Field selection
  • Getting retrived.

Practical Tasks

  • Thermalling (Via Radio, as a group or using the tandem)
  • Advanced launch techniques
  • Landing Out
  • Gaggle flying
  • Cross Country Flying