Advanced Flying Courses

Advanced Bush & Mountain Flying Safety Course
Advanced flying course with emphasis on bush and mountain flying techniques and procedures. - Home of the FAASTeam
Guaranteed to make any pilot much SAFER, more PROFICIENT & SKILLED! Reducing the accident risk, particularly short field, "hot & high", low level and mountain flying accidents. FAA Safety Team Accredited.

All Advanced Flying Courses are conducted by "CC" Milne Pocock. CC is a highly experienced and professional bush, stunt & test pilot with thousands of hours of bush and mountain flying and "off airport" operations. He is one of the most experienced bush pilots in the world and Southern Africa's most knowlegable and experienced bush & mountain flying instructor. He has trained hundreds of pilots from 40 hours to over 10 000 hours, PPL to ATPL, civilian and military. Courses are available in South Africa and the USA. Courses are FAA accredited!

There are others that claim to offer similar "advanced" or "intense" advanced pilot training courses, however, there is really only one truly genuine " bush pilot course" and this is it! The sole objective of this course is to greatly improve overall pilot proficiency, safety, confidence and skill and reducing aircraft accidents, particularly short field, low level and mountain flying accidents.

From the start, emphasis is placed on correcting common pilot weaknesses such as bad takeoff, approach and landing techniques. You will discover areas within the airplane's performance envelope you never thought possible through a proper intensive familiarization and test flight. Learn how to consistently "grease" all landings and how to obtain maximum performance from your aircraft .

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CC Pocock's latest Bush & Mountain Flying book is available worldwide.


All pilots, PPL to ATPL & instructors can benefit from attending this course. Training is normally conducted using a Cessna C172 or the pilots own aircraft. You can attend the course with virtually any type of aircraft, from microlight to multiengine turbine. If you own your own aircraft, it is recommended that you attend the course with it as you want to become proficient with the aircraft you most frequently fly. Due to the fact that the C172 is one of the worlds most popular training aircraft, most pilots are already familiar with it. Pilots and owners of high performance aircraft and in particular high performance tail draggers can greatly benefit from this course.

Even if you never intend to fly in the remote bush or mountains, the techniques and procedures you will learn during this course is guaranteed to make you a much more proficient, confident, safer and skilled pilot in general every day flying.

The course is held over three full days and includes 5-6 hours of flying. This is more than sufficient time for you to successfully and safely learn all the basic techniques and procedures to improve your flying ability. Over 450 pilots have already successfully completed the course.

There are two different courses offered:
1. Advanced Bush & Mountain Flying Safety Course
2. Advanced Flying Safety Course

The Advanced Bush & Mountain Flying Course

This is a fully comprehensive course which includes the following: Ground school segments, familiarization and test flight, slow flight, stalls and spin recovery, optimum performance, short field, soft & rough field, off-airfield and obstacle clearance take offs and landings, flying without instruments, emergency and precautionary procedures, density altitude (hot and high) operations, low level & survey flying, mountain flying, as well as focussing on any pilot weaknesses and bad techniques.

An optional part to the course includes: Night flying, Technical - the aircraft engine - oil and filter replacement, air filter maintenance, tire & oleo repair, wire locking, refueling, airframe repairs, propeller repairs, basic engine, electrical and avionics fault diagnostics and repairs, tools and survival equipment.

Once you've mastered the basics, you will be introduced to some very real scenarios when we actually go fly into some very challenging backcountry strips. By the time you have completed the course you will be able to safely and confidently land and take off from short challenging strips in virtually any general aviation light aircraft.

The course is held over three full days plus one day for arrival. Courses are run frequently throughout the year in South Africa and the USA. Pilots stay on the base airfield during the course, full accommodation is provided. From your bedroom and classroom it is only a few metres walk to the airplane!

In South Africa, the Barberton Valley is the perfect arena for bush and mountain flying training as all the various real life scenarios exist within a 10 mile radius of Barberton airfield.

A certificate is issued after completion of the course.

Advanced Flying Safety Course

This is similar to the Bush & Mountain flying course however, this course, is for pilots that are based at and fly only over flatlands or coastal areas and have no intention of ever flying in the mountains or back country. It is customised to the individual needs of the pilot. For example, if you have a specific problem that you need help with such as landings, this will be one of the main focuses of this course. No matter what problem or weakness you may have with your flying, this course will sort it out! CC Pocock specializes in fixing any flying problem you may have.

PLEASE NOTE! This is no gimmick! Courses are serious and genuine FAA accredited advanced flying courses soley aimed at improving flying safety conducted in a real environment with real life scenarios!

Testimonials - Read what 100's of pilots from all over the world have to say about CC Pocock's courses! - Advanced Pilot Training, by flight instructor Telani Lithgow


Introduction to Bush Flying, Bush Pilots & Bush Planes

Most people do not know the real meaning of the terms "Bush Pilot" or "Bush Flying" and too many pilots believe that they are "bush pilots" just because they have flown around some remote "bush" environments and landed on some dirt and grass strips.

A bush pilot is not someone who simply flys an airplane in a "bush" environment or who can land on prepared dirt or grass strips. Just because you fly into strips at game farms, ranches and lodges or over remote and unpopulated areas does not necessarily make you a bush pilot! There is a LOT more to bush flying than you think!

A bush pilot is a person who is able to fly a light to medium size aircraft safely in and out of places that would normally be regarded by most other pilots as "marginal", "too dangerous" or "impossible". Generally these are areas that are inaccessible to most aircraft and other means of transportation. Furthermore, a bush pilot should be able to maintain and repair the aircraft and survive in the bush.

Bush flying is a term for aircraft operations carried out in remote and inhospitable regions of the world. Bush flying involves operations into unimproved and rough terrain, frequently necessitating bush planes be equipped with abnormally large tires, floats or skis. This type of flying, combined with unpredictable weather and distance from help, means that bush pilots have to be very resourceful to be successful, or all too frequently, just to stay alive.

Bush flying originated in Alaska and Canada providing supplies to isolated communities and eventually spread further south to places like Africa, Australia and South America.

Bush pilots must fend for themselves because they are so far from help. Critical skills range from survival skills to mechanical and electrical skills for airplane repair to hunting, trapping, shelter building and survival ("Jack of all trades").

The life and death nature of bush flying also means that bush pilots frequently resort to untested methods for accomplishing the job, the result is that many common practices are pioneered in bush flying.

Bush pilots need to know how to deal with common engine, airframe, electrical and avionics problems that can, do and will occur from time to time, including important maintenance issues. When operating out in remote parts of the bush it may not be possible to get a qualified aircraft mechanic to assist you. During the Bush & Mountain Flying Course you will learn how the aircraft engine and electrical system works, as well as how to diagnose and fix some of the most common engine, electrical and avionics problems.

A bush plane needs to be properly equipped for operating out in remote and rough areas. Such an aircraft should be fitted with strong landing gear and oversize high floatation tires and the pilot should always be ready for any eventuality and should be carrying all the necessary tools and survival gear.

Taildraggers are generally preferred for bush flying, however, a tricycle gear airplane can go virtually anywhere a taildragger can, provided it's correctly loaded and equipped with the correct landing gear and the pilot is skilled in the correct techniques.

A bush pilot should have a thorough knowledge of the hazards of bush and mountain flying and be skilled in the techniques required to safely fly in these areas.


In the following photo's, CC Pocock demonstrates where you can go with a tricycle gear Cessna.
Uneven dirt road
Dry river bed
Lake shore
Dry river bed
Mountain trail
Vehicle track
Dry river bed
Flooded marsh
Pre-arranged guided or solo self-fly tours and Aircraft Hire & Fly in South Africa.
Bushpilot Adventures offer complete packaged tours incorporating two or more aircraft that starts with bush and mountain flying training at the Barberton Airfield in the Lowveld and then continuing on a guided self-fly tour to various lodges and camps throughout Southern Africa. If you are interested in a packaged tour then go to their web site or contact Markus Mollmann at .

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