The COPA Training Foundation organizes recurrent training with General Aviation ground courses and Cirrus-specific flight instruction during a weekend of socializing with like-minded owners and their partners. Many COPA members choose to make CPPP a key part of their annual or biannual training. Some insurance underwriters give benefits for attending a CPPP.
Typical CPPP Weekend Event
The CPPP weekend offers participants a selection of ground courses, optional flight instruction segments with some of the most experienced Cirrus instructors, a Partner-in-Command program for non-pilot right seat companions, an extensively expanded simulator laboratory, and all meals including a Friday night welcome reception and a Saturday night dinner. Event times are Friday beginning at 6:00pm through Sunday concluding at 3:00pm.
The knowledge courses contain expanded content for 2018 from the colleges of COPA University. Notable are expanded and updated courses on avionics, weather, procedures, decision-making and aircraft systems.
The John Leber Simulator Laboratory
The COPA University laboratory workshop uses a customized version of the FlyThisSim TouchTrainer VX simulator. The simulated aircraft can be configured with various avionics, including the Avidyne Entegra or the Garmin Perspective system with Garmin GFC700, STEC 55X, and Avidyne DFC90 autopilots.
A new sim session, Loading, Activating, and Executing Instrument Approaches, incorporates procedures from the Cirrus Flight Operations Manual, reviews best practices for approach planning, and give participants a "Better Approach to their Approach". They then will have the opportunity to fly three different instrument approaches to increase their knowledge and proficiency.
There will be multiple simulators at each CPPP event and slots will be filled on a first come, first served basis. As this is an IFR flight scenario, participants should be IFR rated or currently working on their rating.
At this time we do not offer simulations of Garmin GTN650/750, Avidyne R9, or Avidyne IFD440/540 displays. We plan to add support for these platforms at a later date.
Partner in Command Course
The CPPP offers a Partner-in-Command course on Saturday morning for right-seat flyers. The PIC course has received rave reviews from partners who leave better prepared to survive an emergency and help their flying partner. Many CPPP participants wish they had invited their partners because of the positive impact on their partners. Partners will also receive a sim session for hands-on practice of what they learned in the PIC course. For additional information on the PIC course, click HERE.
FAA Wings Credit
CPPP weekend recurrent training qualifies for FAA Wings credit. It is possible to obtain sufficient credits so that you will qualify for the Basic phase. That will enable pilots to satisfy FAR 61.56(e) for the 24-month flight review requirement. CPPP flight training may also qualify for discounts on some aircraft insurance policies and satisfies the recurrent training requirements on others.
Flight participants must supply their own aircraft and provide a Certificate of Insurance to COPA Training Foundation (see the Insurance tab above for details).
This registration site will help you register yourself, a group, and your non-pilot partner and any others sharing your aircraft. For each person, you will be asked to select one of the participation choices: Ground + 2 Flight instruction, Ground + 1 Flight instruction, Ground-only instruction, or Non-Pilot Partner. You will be asked for information about the participant, the aircraft configuration and flight experience. Non-Owner CFIs are offered a heavily discounted rate to encourage instructor participation. This category is only for instructors that do not own an aircraft. CFI's that own aircraft should register for Ground Only, or one of the flight options if desired.
Note: Registration does not cover hotel accommodations, which must be arranged separately (see the tab for Hotel, Airport & FBO above for detailed information)