Pilot Safety & Airmanship
The Society is extremely active in pilot safety and airmanship. It conducts Pilot Proficiency Programmes and Service Clinics (BPPP) bi-annually for Members. For new members, access to the American ABS online BPPP online Ground School Course is included as part of the Membership. This is an extremely worthwhile Course for all pilots and a pre-requisite for first timers participating in the Australian Beechcraft Pilot Proficiency Program.
Events relating to Safety and Airmanship are also undertaken on the alternate year of the BPPP.
For 2020 a formation training school was conducted in the first week of March at Cowra. Five ABS members participated, and each graduated with a formation endorsement. Apart from the incredible experience of flying in formation, the course was extremely valuable in mastering engine management, manoeuvring and positioning together with gaining a greater understanding of an aircraft’s flight characteristics and performance capabilities.
The next BPPP and Service Clinic is planned for March 2021. For the 2020 alternate year to the BPPP, a Formation Flying Program, with accreditation, was undertaken in March at Cowra NSW.
The 3 day Pilot Proficiency Program (BPPP) and Service Clinic will once again be held in Cowra NSW, the last being attended by over 70 Members, some coming from as far away as Western Australia. The Guest presenter will be Tom Turner, Executive Director of the American Bonanza Society Air Safety Foundation.
His presentation will be in a different format to previous years in that they will be in segments relating to specific aircraft types. A flying assessment, undertaken by instructors accredited for the Proficiency Program, is also offered which, if successful, can provide discount on insurance with some insurers.
A social program is also included as part of this event for those not participating in the Pilot Program. Formation flying events and schools for endorsements are also proposed later in 2020.