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COPA seminars

COPA introduced the Cirrus Pilot Proficiency Program in early 2002 and over 350 COPA members attend each year.  CPPP offers a weekend event for Cirrus owners and their partners that focuses on Cirrus-specific knowledge and flying proficiency.  We bring some of the most experienced flight instructors who regularly teach in all kinds of Cirrus airplanes flown for all kinds of missions.  We have prepared an extensive syllabus of ground courses that complement the transition training and delve into areas of greatest need for Cirrus pilots.

Many Cirrus pilots make a CPPP weekend part of their annual or biannual training.


Why participate in a CPPP?

"If you want to have a great experience, make new friends, enjoy yourself, and significantly improve your piloting skills and flying safely, DO NOT MISS CPPP!" (Lakeland CPPP participant)

CPPP weekends combine intense Cirrus-specific knowledge with social interaction with other like-minded pilots and their partners.  Come for the fun and learn something.

"The instructors (ground and flight) [at a CPPP weekend] are among the best available worldwide, not only in terms of subject matter expertise, but also the all important interpersonal relationship skills and ability to precisely address individual goals. And to top it off, the opportunities for casual "hangar talk" with like minded enthusiasts is terrific." (Lakeland CPPP participant)

CPPP instructors are great, but the valuable contributions by the attendees can really add insights and practical tips for getting the most out of your Cirrus.  Come join the discussions.

"CPPP is fantastic and a wonderful learing experience. I highly recommend the simulator." (Las Vegas CPPP participant)

Some CPPP weekends offer use of an adjacent Cirrus simulator.  Emergency procedures in a simulator can go much farther into the accident chain than an instructional flight.  And Partner-in-Command participants at a simulator location will get a brief experience practicing what they learn, including pulling the red CAPS handle.  Plan a trip to a CPPP with a simulator.

"Do it...definitely a safer pilot after this weekend"(Las Vegas CPPP participant)

COPA promotes safety.  CPPP promotes safety.  And accident statistics reveal that COPA members and CPPP participants are much less involved in accidents.  You participation makes a difference.


CPPP Participation Choices

For recurrent training, a CPPP includes a choice between flight + ground sessions or just ground only.  If a simulator is available at a CPPP location, then participants may request a simulator session to replace a flight segment or at an additional fee for ground-only participants.  We welcome your non-pilot partners at social events as well as the Partner in Command course.  And we invite CFIs, who want the most complete Cirrus-specific knowledge, through a Non-Owner CFI registration at a discounted rate that just covers our costs.

All CPPP participants are welcome to our social events including the Friday evening reception and the Saturday evening dinner.


Flight + Ground Participants

Participants that choose Flight+Ground will receive 10 hours of ground instruction and 6 hours of flight instruction, including pre- and post-flight briefings with CPPP flight instructors.  Flight instruction will include two training flights individually tailored to the participant’s recurrent training requirements – and participants are encouraged to arrive with a list of areas they would like to emphasize during flight training. CPPP offers FAA Wings credit for flight recurrency as well as ground courses, sufficient to qualify for the Basic Level that satisfies the requirement for a current flight review (ref 14 CFR 61.56(e)).

  • Normal and Emergency Procedures, plus two of the elective segments below:
  • Avionics
  • Aviation Survival
  • Engine Management
  • CAPs
  • Preflight Weather Strategies
  • In Flight Weather Tactics
  • Aeronautical Decision Making
  • Owner Familiarization with Maintenance
  • Systems

Ground-Only Participants

16 hours of ground instruction. Please note that not all elective segments may be available at each CPPP.  Ground sessions include:

  • Normal and Emergency Procedures, plus four of the elective segments below
  • Avionics
  • Aviation Survival
  • Engine Management
  • CAPs
  • Preflight Weather Strategies
  • In Flight Weather Tactics
  • Aeronautical Decision Making
  • Owner Familiarization with Maintenance
  • Systems

Non-Owner CFI

COPA appreciates that certified instructors are vital to our flight safety.  We welcome CFIs who are COPA members with a discounted rate at our cost.  These CFIs may attend any ground sessions and receive a binder of all the course materials. They are welcome at all of the meals and social events during the weekend.  In some instances, Non-Owner CFIs have requested to fly back seat during a flight session with the permission of the flight participant and the CPPP instructor.  Non-Owner CFI is intended for full-time CFIs who give instruction as their full-time occupation and DO NOT own an aircraft of any type.


Partner in Command

This is a separate track available to spouses, significant others, or other non-pilot frequent flying companions. This course is intended to make the non-pilot right-seater more comfortable in the aircraft, teach them how to be an active participant in the flight as a resource to the pilot, and explain the availability and use of safety equipment in an emergency, including the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS). Availability will be announced on a course-by-course basis.  This segment is generally offered Saturday morning from 8 to 11am.  When the Aviation Survival course is offered, we schedule it Saturday after lunch so partners are welcome.


Course Fees

Flight+Ground: $1400 (optional cancellation insurance $125) - Discounted to $1200 for early registrations made prior to 30 day window
Ground-Only: $600 (includes cancellation insurance)
Non-Owner CFI: $150 (incentive fee at our cost)
Simulator: $145 (additional fee for Ground-Only, included for Flight+Ground, available at a few selected CPPP events)
Partners: no charge when accompanying a paid participant

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