17 Jul Safety Bulletin
Rotorsport UK have issued new manuals version 7 please update your White folder accordingly.
CAA Be PROUD.
A new scheme to improve the skill levels of private pilots has been launched by the CAA. Called PROUD, the Pilot Recognition for Operational Up-skilling and Development initiative aims to encourage GA organisations to provide ‘life-long’ learning programmes for their members and other pilots to help improve safety.
PROUD programmes must include a number of levels and show a logical progression of learning and development in order to achieve CAA endorsement. To achieve a higher level, pilots would have to obtain a new rating, undertake differences training or carry out a more complex flight, for example.
The CAA said it was introducing PROUD not only to close individual skills gaps, but also to help tackle the high drop-out rate amongst recently qualified PPLs, many of whom lack confidence and motivation. They are keen for as many GA organisations as possible to join the PROUD scheme which they say they will promoting to all newly qualified PPLs in particular.
Tony Rapson, Head of the CAA’s GA Unit, said: “We know that pilots who continue to develop their flying skills are safer than those who do not. That is not a surprising fact, so we therefore really want to encourage all private pilots to find the time to acquire new skills and complete additional training after getting their licence, other than their biennial flight check that is. They will hopefully find that flying becomes more rewarding as a result.”