Voluntary Code of Practice

Training with an IAPGT Instructor/Mentor

The IAPGT Voluntary Code of Practice

Gyroplane Flying Instructors, in addition to teaching the minimum standards prescribed by the regulator in the country in which they are operating, can opt-in to the IAPGT framework. This means they are working in accordance with the IAPGT Voluntary Code of Practice.

Instructors choose whether to participate in some or all of these elements. If an instructor opts-in to an element, the automatic tools of the Gyropedia will monitor the process.

The IAPGT Voluntary Code of Practice is defined as:

  1. The teaching of specific best practice techniques for all stages of a gyroplane flight, and in particular the techniques for rotor handling, take offs and landings.
    • These techniques have been designed to minimize incidents and accidents by providing the maximum margin for pilot error.
      • The instructor refers to the best practice criteria when teaching flying skills to students, either by using the 'Flying Skills' book which is part of the Instructor Toolkit, or online when entering training notes.
      • The instructor records all the training flights in the Gyropedia
      • The instructor assesses and updates the list of skills for the student within The Gyropedia when they are initially trained, and again when the student is competent, as defined by the "Best Practice" criteria.
      • For a given time period eg 3 months the Gyropedia can list the number of flights per student and check whether flying skills have been updated on a timescale commensurate with a typical students progress.
      • When a student takes their skills test, they are using the techniques defined by the Best Practice definitions.

  2. Student pilots are actively encouraged to supplement the training given by their instructors via self-study before and after the period of flight training using the online training tools facilitated by The Gyropedia.
    • This increases the consistency of training and ensures a higher retention of the information taught.
      • The instructor ensures that each student registers on The Gyropedia and participates in the online training course
      • The instructor, uses the technique "Find out what the student knows, and fills in the blanks", as part of their rapport with their student.
      • The instructor, refers to the training material when explaining topics to the student.
      • The student refers to the online training material and completes the online multiple choice questions.
      • The Gyropedia can list the log of training material referred to electronicallly and print out a record of the multiple choice questions answered.

  3. Training is provided according to a structured framework of lessons.
    • These lessons ensure that student pilots are taught with due consideration to their learning capacity and that skills are incrementally learned on solid foundations.
      • The Instructor refers to the standard lesson plans when delivering lessons to a student.
      • The Instructor records all the training flights in the Gyropedia.
      • The instructor clicks the lesson numbers that were taught when entering training records
      • The Gyropedia can show the training records for each student with the lesson numbers incorporated.
      • The lessons are recorded in the training records in a pattern that is commensurate with the previous experience of the student.

  4. During the flight instruction debrief, pilots are taught to analyse their flying.
    • This develops a positive habit of self-analysis, which pilots are encouraged to continue after they have attained their gyroplane licence.
      • The instructor always asks the student to debrief their flight before the instructor gives his own view of the flight.
      • The pilot writes their own notes in The Gyropedia.
      • The Gyropedia can print out the training records for a student and show that training notes were entered in the pilots notes.

  5. Training records are recorded in The Gyropedia.
    • This ensures that both the instructor and the student have an accurate and consistent understanding of the piloting skills that have been mastered. Course completion is based on retained knowledge and proven competency of skills.
      • The instructor enters the training notes into The Gyropedia as defined by the process.
      • The student is shown how to access their training notes in The Gyropedia.
      • The Gyropedia can print out the training records for the student.

  6. Pilots are taught to carefully consider and document personal limitations for weather, regularity of flying and other piloting decisions.
    • Good pilot decision making is a key factor in accident prevention.
      • The instructor has a conversaion with the student about weather and recency decision making as part of the training course BEFORE the student completes their course.
      • The student enters weather and recency data into The Gyropedia. Note: This cannot be entered or modified by the instructor.
      • The Gyropedia can check whether each student has entered data for weather criteria and recency criteria.

  7. After the attainment of a gyroplane pilot licence, pilots are encouraged to participate in the voluntary ongoing IAPGT Pilot Development Program.
    • The Pilot Development Program facilitates the ongoing risk-averse and continuous improvement attitude to flying.
      • After the attainment of the gyroplane pilot licence, the pilot and an instructor have a dicussion about the Pilot Development Course
      • The pilot creates a list of tasks and enters them into The Gyropedia
      • The pilot enters all their flights into The Gyropedia and they are encouraged to write down any analysis of their flying (not every flight)
      • The pilot follows the guidance that is sent by The Gyropedia by email on a regular basis.
      • The Gyropedia can list the flights for the pilot for a given time period.
      • The Gyropedia can check the list of tasks and see whhich tasks have been attempted.
      • The Gyropedia can list the flights for the pilot for a given time period.

  8. Instructors and pilots are encouraged to challenge the best practice techniques in light of new models of gyroplane and new experience gained.
    • This provides a framework of continuous peer review assessment based on the Learn - Challenge - Develop philosophy of IAPGT.
      • For each element in the Flying Skills Best Practice Guide, the instructor will either Agree or Challenge each skill
      • The instructor will paricipate in Best Practice Challenge workshops. These may be live or online.
      • The Gyropedia prints out a list of all the skills and shows whether the instructor has indicated their opinion.