British Precision Pilots Association

The BPPA organises Precision Flying and Rally Flying competitions throughout the UK and sends teams to World and European Championships. The aim of Precision Flying is to improve airmanship and flying skills in basic VFR navigation and accurate landing.

This is achieved by competitions which consist of flight planning tests, a navigation flight to a time schedule, and finally there is also a spot landing competition. First time entrants to Precision Flying are encouraged to start in the Sportsman class which may be flown dual and where tuition is given. Rapid progress to the Open class, flown solo, can be made and no expensive equipment or aircraft is necessary. A Cessna 150 is ideal.

Rally Flying is a two-crew contest. The navigator plots the route to be flown from a series of written instructions, largely after take-off, whilst the pilot must maintain the track and time schedule as well as searching to locate photographs of features on the track line.

The BPPA holds about five or six Precision and Rally events per season throughout the UK. The calendar of events is on our website: and also in Pilot and Flyer magazines and the RAeC’s website.

The 2010 UK Nationals took place at Haverfordwest, and was won by Chris Barnes. This win provided him with enough competition points to also be the overall League winner for 2010. This is the second year running that Chris has done the double.

Members of the BPPA represented Great Britain at the Precision and Rally Flying World Championships held in Dubnica in Slovakia. The team put in creditable performances and finished mid-table in 5th place in both disciplines. Once again the Eastern European and French
teams maintained their dominance. Preparations and team selection are currently being finalised for the 2011 Rally Flying Championships to be held in August at Dunakezi, Hungary followed by World Precision Flying Championships at Brits near Johannesburg South Africa in October...

At the annual awards dinner, the various competition trophies were monopolised between Chris Barnes and Rodney Blois. Rhona Hodson was awarded the Ian Hewitt Trophy for her outstanding work as an International Judge at the World Championships in Austria and for her
major contribution to the UK Championships at RAF Marham. In 2011, we will be working hard to attract new members. As always, flying and non-flying members are always welcome. We are particularly keen to encourage new PPL holders, thus providing a way of maintaining
an interest in private flying and attempting to assist in preventing the high dropout rate of licence renewals.



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