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COPA Pilot Proficiency Program (CPPP)

The CPPP (COPA Pilot Proficiency Program) is a world-class recurrent training program that focuses on Cirrus-specific education, safety, and flying proficiency for pilots, owners, and partners seeking to make the most of their Cirrus experience. Conducted by COPA University in conjunction with the COPA Training Foundation LLC, these fun and informative weekend-long events are tailored to the participant’s recurrent training requirements and include up to 15 hours of intense ground instruction, and when available, up to 6 hours of hands-on flight instruction provided by some of world’s best CSIP's.

In addition, all CPPP participants and their partners are welcome to attend our numerous social events including the Friday evening reception and the Saturday evening dinner. For more information on dates, locations, and available training sessions, please review upcoming CPPP events.

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Ground Instruction (Offered in all CPPPs)

All CPPP events include up to 15 hours of classroom-style ground instruction, with the following additional weekend training options offered upon availability.

Ground + Flight Simulation (Check Availability)

Participants receive 3 hours of one-on-one integrated flight simulation/ IFR procedures review and 12 hours of ground instruction. The flight simulation session utilizes the John Leber Memorial Labratory and FLYTHISSIM VX procedure trainers.

Flight + Ground Instruction (Check Availability)

Participants of Ground + 2 Flight will receive 9 hours of ground instruction and 6 hours of flight instruction, including pre and post-flight briefings with their CSIP. Participants of Ground + 1 Flight will receive 12 hours of ground instruction and 3 hours of flight instruction. All participants will have the opportunity to achieve a Flight Review or an IPC at a CPPP, but it must be coordinated in advance with the program director.

Partner-in-command (Check Availability)

Available to non-pilot flying companions, this course is intended to 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). To better accommodate your schedule, COPA also offers this segment as a stand-alone seminar. See sections below for more information.

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Unable to commit to a full CPPP weekend? We understand. As part of our ongoing commitment to reach as many pilots as possible, we’re proud to offer the miniCPPP. This in-depth, one-day training program is designed to deliver a comprehensive overview of new and updated ground courses developed by COPA University with the goal of reaching a wider audience in locations where a CPPP is not scheduled.

Partner-in-Command Seminars (PIC)

As a passenger in a friend’s or family member’s airplane, it is imperative you know what to do in the unlikely event your pilot becomes incapacitated. COPA’s Partner-in-Command (PIC) safety seminars are specifically targeted at frequent right-seaters to give them the confidence they need to quickly and competently take control of a Cirrus aircraft. While offering similar information as the Partner-In-Command modality listed under the CPPP, these stand alone PIC Seminars are offered to better accommodate high demand.

COPA on Youtube

As the flight training safety arm of the COPA Safety and Education Foundation, COPA University strives to provide the latest and most comprehensive Cirrus-related resources to our valued members and associates. Featuring a vast library of short instructional videos researched and published by COPA volunteers, we invite you to visit our channel.

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Go ahead. Jump in with your questions. Of course, do some diligence with the search function by posing your topic and reviewing some of the 1,000,000 posts already on the COPA forum since 2001! We’re confident you’ll find the COPA community continues to show its generosity in responding to questions about things of interest to pilots new to Cirrus.

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Cirrus Embark

Designed exclusively for new owners of pre-owned Cirrus aircraft, the Cirrus Embark program offers complimentary training to address the needs of pilots and owners of pre-owned Cirrus aircraft. For more information visit the official Cirrus Embark Program page.

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