Operational Ratings

Emergency Manoeuvre Training

The Royal Newcastle Aero Club offers Emergency Manoeuvre Training as a separate stand-alone course and is of great value to any pilot (GA, RA or glider). The course is mandatory before commencing formal aerobatics training. The course is aimed to prevent the same old accidents happening time after time and is very practical. In accordance with the aerobatic syllabus, the Royal Newcastle Aero Club can tailor the course to suit each pilot’s individual requirements.

All emergency manoeuvre training is carried out in a Decathlon, but is designed to be completely transferable to other aircraft types. EMT is a course in defensive flying training and is far more than just spin training.

In brief, the course covers the following practical situations and issues:

  • Aircraft mishandling and inadvertent loss or partial loss of control
  • improving yaw awareness
  • understanding stalling, dynamic stalling, and mishandling at or near the stall by examining common scenarios which follow taking the aerofoil beyond the critical angle of attack at any airspeed and in any attitude
  • Emergency spin recovery
  • Rolling “G” awareness (most common cause of airframe overstress and failure)
  • Defensive flying – high performance direction reversals limiting forward penetration, e.g. in collision avoidance and blind valley recoveries
  • Advanced unusual attitude recoveries, e.g. recovery from sudden inverted or near inverted attitudes resulting from severe turbulence/mountain wave effect (rotor) and recovery from vertical and inverted stall awareness.
  • And more!

For more information, contact RNAC on (02) 4932 8888.

Night VFR

Purpose of the NVFR Rating

This rating is a simple type of instrument rating. It used to be called a Class IV Instrument Rating.

There are two views on the intention of this rating:

  1. The most basic use of this is to permit the continuation of a day VFR flight beyond the end of daylight. This will allow a pilot to complete a flight after the end of daylight if he or she is held up for some reason. On a similar basis, the flight might commence prior to the beginning of daylight to ensure that there is no problem later in the day.
  2. Another view of this rating is that it permits any flight at night, weather permitting. Royal Newcastle Aero Club cautions the use of this rating for this purpose. We feel the intention of the rating is not to blast off in the middle of the night and complete the flight in darkness. It is suggested that night flights would be better conducted under the IFR as this provides a greater level of monitoring and protection.

Basically, this rating allows a flight to be conducted at night when forecast weather conditions are good enough to allow the flight to be operated at or above a safe height (LSALT) while maintaining VMC (Visibility and Cloud Separation). Weather forecasts will often prevent flight under the NFVR, as the forecasts are often conservative.

For more information please contact RNAC on (02) 4932 8888.

Theory Courses - BAK and PPL

BAK and PPL Courses are held throughout the year so please give us a call & we will update you on our next course.

Theory courses consist of four full days for the BAK, six full days for the PPL – generally over two or three consecutive weekends, but this can be tailored depending on the participants. Student Pilots enjoy the small class sizes, meeting others who are at the same stage of their flying training, and find it much easier to complete the theory component without it becoming an obstacle to completing their licence. The BAK course cost is $550 for members, $625.00 for non RNAC members, the PPL course cost is $750.00 for members, $825.00 for non RNAC members.