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Courses and seminars dates and notices: (Last updated on April 24 2017).
Advanced Flying Courses, Tailwheel Courses and FAA Flight Reviews are available at Pleasant Valley Airport, AZ, USA throughout the year.
Advanced Flying Courses and FAA Flight Reviews in South Africa are now only available at certain times of the year. All pilots must supply their own aircraft. Courses are available at any suitable location.

Bush & Mountain Flying Safety Seminars at EAA Airventure, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA. July 2017 now being scheduled.

Advanced Flying Courses and Tailwheel Courses at the Aeroventure Institute, Massachusetts, USA are now being scheduled for August 2017.

Milne "CC" Pocock is a Commercial Pilot, FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and a highly experienced and professional bush, stunt & test pilot with thousands of hours of bush and mountain flying and "off airport" operations. He is one of the most knowlegable and experienced bush and mountain flying instructors in the world and the author of the "Bush & Mountain Flying" handbook. A rare and unique book on this subject. He has trained over 550 pilots during the last 15 years from all over the world with various experience levels, private to ATP, civilian and military. All pilots, including flight instructors can benefit greatly from attending this course.

Courses are FAA Safety Team accredited. In addition, your FAA Biennial Flight Reveiw (BFR) can be included at no extra cost.

There are others that now claim to offer similar "advanced" or "intense" "bush pilot training courses", however, there is really only one truly genuine Advanced Bush / Backcountry Flying Course on the planet! This is it! The sole objective of this course is to greatly improve overall pilot proficiency, safety, confidence and skill and therefore reducing the risk of accidents, particularly short field, low level and mountain flying accidents.

From the start, emphasis is placed on correcting common pilot weaknesses such as bad takeoff, approach and landing techniques. You will discover areas within the airplane's performance envelope you never thought possible through a proper intensive familiarization and test flight. Learn how to consistently "grease" all landings and how to obtain maximum performance from your aircraft .

Even if you never intend to fly in the remote bush or mountains, the techniques and procedures you will learn during this course is guaranteed to make you a much more proficient, confident, safer and skilled pilot in general every day flying. The course is held over four days and includes approximately 5 hours of flying. This is more than sufficient time for you to successfully and safely learn all the basic techniques and procedures to improve your flying ability.

You can attend the course with virtually any type of aircraft, from light sport to multiengine turbine. If you own your own aircraft, it is recommended that you attend the course with it as you want to become proficient with the aircraft you most frequently fly. Pilots who own high performance aircraft and in particular high performance tail draggers can greatly benefit from this course. If you do not own your aircraft or have access to an aircraft you can do the course in a Bush Air C172 or C170-B.

NOTE: If you choose to attend a course using the Bush Air C170, you should preferably at least already have a basic tailwheel endorsement or suitable experience. However, you can also get a tailwheel endorsement as part of the course but it could take much more than 5 hours before you are proficient enough to get signed off. Therefore a special "combination" course is available and you will need to arrive about 3 days prior to the Advanced Bush & Mountain Flying Course to get some basic tailwheel training first. You may also provide your own aircraft. All flight and ground instruction is personally conducted by "CC" Pocock.

Courses are currently available at Pleasant Valley Airport (P48), Arizona, USA and at Barberton Airport, South Africa (only during certain times of the year). Courses are also available at other locations for groups of pilots by special arrangement. Pilots attending courses in South Africa must supply their own aircraft.



1. Advanced Bush / Backcountry & Mountain Flying Safety Course

2. Advanced General Flying Safety and Proficiency Course

3. Tail wheel training and endorsement. (If you complete one of the above courses using the Bush Air C170 (USA only) or your own taildragger airplane, an FAA Tail Wheel Endorsement will be included).

4. FAA Biennial Flight Review (A BFR can be included in any of the above courses for free).


The Advanced Bush & Mountain (Backcountry) Flying Course

This is a fully comprehensive course which includes the following: Ground school segments, familiarization and test flight, slow flight, stalls and spin recovery, optimum performance, short field, soft & rough field, off-airfield and obstacle clearance take offs and landings, flying without instruments, emergency and precautionary procedures, density altitude (hot and high) operations, low level & survey flying, mountain flying, as well as focussing on correcting any weaknesses and bad techniques.

An optional part to the course includes: Night flying, Technical - the aircraft engine - oil and filter replacement, air filter maintenance, tire & oleo repair, wire locking, refueling, airframe repairs, propeller repairs, basic engine, electrical and avionics fault diagnostics and repairs, tools and survival equipment.

Once you've mastered the basics, you will be introduced to some very real scenarios when we actually go fly into some very challenging backcountry strips. By the time you have completed the course you will be able to safely and confidently land and take off from short challenging strips in virtually any general aviation light aircraft.

A certificate is issued after completion of the course.

Advanced General Flying Proficiency Course

This is similar to the Bush & Mountain Flying Course however, this course, is for pilots that are based at and fly only over flatlands or coastal areas and have no intention of ever flying in the mountains or back country. It is customised to the individual needs of the pilot. For example, if you have a specific problem that you need help with such as landings, this will be one of the main focuses of this course. No matter what problem or weakness you may have with your flying, this course will sort it out! CC Pocock specializes in fixing any flying problem you may have. Especially landings.

"CC" Milne Pocock with his Cessna 172-C and Cessna 170-B training aircraft.
The Bush & Mountain Flying book is the official course handbook.
CC Pocock and Bush Air in the Discovery Channel TV show - "Deadliest Job Interview".
PLEASE NOTE! This is no gimmick! Courses are genuine FAA accredited advanced flight training aimed at improving flying safety conducted in a real environment with real life scenarios. Flight Reviews for holders of FAA pilot certificates are included.
Below are photo's of a few of the many hundreds of pilots and planes that have attended CC Pocock's Advanced Bush & Mountain Flying Safety Training.
Shane Hedges, Maun, Botswana
Adam Hedges, Maun, Botswana
Jean-Charles Linsi, Grandvaux, Switzerland
Arnaud Derbise, Grasse, France
Kat Tiefenthal, Channel Islands, UK
Petru Malan, Wellington, South Africa
Daan Morkel, Diemerskraal, South Africa
Collin Thorpe Wellington, South Africa
Kyle Porter, Montogmery, Alabama, USA
Luigi Raimondo, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Stuart Barkley, Vremde, Belguim
Patrick Wagner, Hochberg, Austria
Gregory Gerhardt, Cape Town South Africa
Dawie Erasmus, Marble Hall, South Africa
Willem Kruger, Marble Hall, South Africa
Mark Glasspool, Johannesburg, South Africa
Amanda Maheu, Utah, USA
Jaco Schoen, Pretoria, South Africa
Mike Barber, Arizona, USA
Warwick Mostert, Johannesburg, South Africa
Roger Jaworski, Arizona USA
Larry Cranton, Arizona USA
Chuck Denison, Colorado, USA
Sebastian Reis and Isabella Schmid, Germany
Mike Kennedy (Airplane Repo), Florida, USA
Cornelia Auer, Austria
Steve Eddie, Arizona, USA
Marty Smith, California, USA
Kevin Curreri, Kenya
Evald Jooste, Melbourne, Australia
Roque Hafner, Johannesburg and Reon Wiese, Pretoria, South Africa
Tony Dowd, New Zealand
Daniel Rieder, Italy
Colin Wilson, Johannesburg, South Africa
Robin McGrew, San Diego, CA, USA
Lenza de Jager, Pretoria, South Africa
Steve Eddie, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Tim and Richard Fair, Maputo, Mozambique
Brian Stocks, Johannesburg, South Africa
Rok Weber, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Georg Schlatter, Switzerland.
Kobus Stander, South Africa
Bart Rijpma, Dubai, UAE
Patrick Matibe, Limpopo, South Africa
Wilfred Arrindell, Sweden
Grant Stocks, Colesburg, South Africa
Karin Cadzin, CT, USA
Karol Szymanski, Poland
Guy Leitch & Graem Wuth - SA Flyer magazine, South Africa
Steve Johnson, George Allen, Anthony DeLuca, Southbridge Massachusetts, USA
Roland Berez, Hungary
Robert Routier & Dominic Giampaolo, Johannesburg, South Africa
Jochen Schwarz, Germany
Ralph Boetiger & Andre du Plessis, South Africa
Silvia Godzen & Florian Schmieg, Germany.
Eddie Morris, UK
Mark Bunning, South Africa
Kateri Drexler, Colorado, USA
Rok Weber, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Fiona Horne, USA
Siebert Wiid & Juan Bezuidenhout, South Africa
Otto & Elmarie Wypkema, South Africa
Dann de Ruijter, Netherlands. Estian de Jager, SA. Bruno de Geeter, Belguim
Sean Truscott, South Africa
Jacques Venter, South Africa
Dale de Klerk, Klaas Lammers, Neil Garden, South Africa
Hein Barnard, SA. Jaco Groenewald, SA. Eric Piffer, Austria
Melissa Pemberton, California, USA
Perto Malan, South Africa. Shawn Brassel,South Africa. Konrad Rzadzinski, Poland.
Luk Michels, Martin Wambach, Belgium
Franse de Wet, South Africa
Nic Nicolaou,SA. Samantha Meyrick,SA. Andreas Grable, Germany
Kobus Stander, South Africa
Petru Malan, South Africa
Alan Wilson, UK
Candice Jones, South Africa
Daryl Bolinger, Anthony DeLuca, Daryl Dawkins, MA, USA
Thomas Ackermann, Bern, Switzerland.
Pieter Nel, NY USA. Daryl Dawkins, Daniel Bollinger, MA USA.
Wayne van Rooyen, South Africa
Paul Grobler, South Africa
Tony Forbes, Noel McCullough, Otto Muller, South Africa
Neil Garden, South Africa
Herme Goosen, South Africa
Sofia Webster, UK
Gavin Neil, Matola, Mozambique
Shawn Brassel, South Africa
Abrie Louw, Matthias Breaune, Poona Olivier, Liviu Enache & Anthony Hearn, Namibia.
Damien Pennefather, Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa
Tammie Koyn, USA
Ian Lang, South Africa
Chris Ussher, UK. Morne van Straaten, South Africa. Trent Jones, Australia.
Matthijs Amelink, Netherlands
Craig Flanigan, South Africa
Konrad Radinski, Poland
Barrie Neunborn, South Africa
Artur Ekert, Michal Lewzak, Greg Markham
Abel Coetzee, South Africa
Robin McGrew, San Diego, CA, USA
Pre-arranged guided or solo self-fly tours and Aircraft Hire & Fly in South Africa.
Bushpilot Adventures offer complete packaged tours incorporating two or more aircraft that starts with bush and mountain flying training at the Barberton Airfield in the Lowveld and then continuing on a guided self-fly tour to various lodges and camps throughout Southern Africa. If you are interested in a packaged tour then go to their web site or contact Markus Mollmann at .

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