VFR Navigation exercise
Select an objective destination and get there by observing rivers, motorways, towns and cities. Then return to base. Examples: from Gloucestershire try to find the M5-M50 junction, or Wellesbourne Mountford airfield; from Biggin Hill try to follow the M25 to Dartford, or find Rochester airfield. With more experience, plan a triangular route using a couple of intermediate objectives. For help with VFR navigation, see the tutorials on the Training page. Some club events will feature this "Treasure Hunt" type of flight - great fun.
Visit a nearby airfield
Land away at a selected nearby airfield: from Gloucestershire - Bristol or Cardiff; from Biggin Hill - Redhill, London City or Southend. Then file a new plan to return. Sometimes we will arrange to do one of these as a group flight.
Try formation flying
You should do this well away from airfields and away from controlled airspace. Work with a colleague taking it in turns to practice close flying. Start straight and level, with a gap of about 0.5 nm, and when you are happy with that, try to get closer. It is easiest to fly a little behind, below, and off to one side. Then try some turns.
Practice Procedure Approach
When you can fly accurately VFR and feel like another challenge, try following the NDB/DME or ILS approach charts. Procedure Approach charts are available on the NATS web site. Perhaps a bit of practice off line first to learn what is involved - this is precision flying and is not for the beginner. Try flying a holding pattern first, then follow the instructions on the chart keeping as near as possible to the indicated position and height, including the descent pattern. Try not to look ahead at the runway until you reach your decision height. A detailed IMC Rating tutorial is available on the Training page which should be studied before attempting these procedures.
Members are encouraged to complete a report after each qualifying flight. The link below takes you to the forum login page, or direct to the report form if you are logged in already. The "What's a PIREP" link takes you to the Pilot Reports help page.
Link to your PIREP : Whats a PIREP?