P1 (Online Pilot) Rating

The Online Pilot (P1) training is ideal for new members just getting started on the network teaching them how to operate their aircraft on the network. It is also the perfect opportunity for the more experienced pilot to learn something new which may make the VATSIM experience that little bit more enjoyable. We focus on the fundamentals of flying on the network to ensure that the skies are filled with competent, confident and professional pilots.

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  P2 (Flight Fundamentals) Rating

The Flight Fundamentals (P2) course is an intermediate pilot rating which aims to teach pilots the ‘principles of flight’. Our courses allow you to fly the most popular training aircraft around the world including the C152, C172, and P28A. Over the period of the course, you will be based at Liverpool John Lennon International Airport (EGGP) where you will complete an array of general handling exercises topped off with some circuits and those dreaded emergencies.

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  P3 (VFR Pilot) Rating

The VFR Pilot (P3) Course is a ‘follow-on’ rating from the P2 rating, where you will be taught how to navigate using standard visual navigation methods and plan your flight from start to end! The course is based out of London Biggin Hill Airport (EGKB) situated in some of the busiest airspaces in the world, the perfect place to test your navigation skills!

For our P3 course, you will return to the left-hand seat of our training aircraft including the C152, C172, and P28A.

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  P4 (IFR Fundamentals) Rating

The IFR Pilot (P4) course is the first of 2 dedicated IFR pilot ratings. In this course you will learn how to operate your selected aircraft under IFR rules, flying a SID, joining the airways, following a STAR back down to earth and finally, fly a fully managed procedural ILS approach. This course allows you to fly any suitably equipped aircraft that has an FMS and coupled autopilot, for example, the A320 or B738. For this one, you will be based at East Midlands International Airport (EGNX) one of the UK’s most popular airports for commercial aircraft ‘base training’.

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  P5 (Advanced IFR Pilot) Rating

The Advanced IFR Pilot rating (P5) is designed to test the pilot’s general ability to operate a light aircraft (SEP/MEP) under Instrument Flight Rules whilst adhering to the protocol and procedures associated with flying under IFR in an unmanaged flight condition. The P5 rating must be flown in a single or twin-engine propeller-driven aircraft, weighing under 5700kg. Fancy a challenge? This is definitely the course for it! This course is only available to those who already have a P1 and P4 rating.

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