Background theory

If you haven't done your Bronze theory exam there are several concepts in this course that may be new to you.

"Bronze and Beyond" is a very useful book which explains most of it, and is available from the BGA shop at a very reasonable £15.

Alternatively, Andrew Watson has published his Cambridge Gliding Club Bronze lectures online. The really useful background for this course can be found in the Air Law lecture - the slides are available at the link above, or a video of his talk is here .

The lecture on navigation might also be helpful.

You might particularly look out for and make sure you understand:

  • QNH, QFE,
  • Flight level, Height, Altitude, transition altitude, transition level
  • ASR - Altimeter Setting Region
  • TAF, METAR, VOLMET, CAVOK,
  • VFR, VMC, IMC, IFR,
  • Degrees of the compass
  • Runway headings
  • What London Information/Scottish Information is
  • Controlled Airspace - MATZ, Zones, ATZ, RMZ, Parachute zones
  • ILS, VRPs
  • NOTAM
  • The difference between heading and track

It would also be helpful if you were familiar with the the symbols on a standard half-mil map.