COPA Pilot Proficiency Program  - Chicago, IL (KDPA)
COPA Pilot Proficiency Program - Chicago, IL (KDPA)
Event Details
COPA Pilot Proficiency Program - Chicago, IL (KDPA)
06/28 - 06/30/2019
6:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Chicago, IL
United States

The COPA Training Foundation presents a world class recurrent training experience with General Aviation ground courses and Cirrus-specific flight instruction during a weekend of socializing with like-minded owners and their partners. Many COPA members choose to make CPPP a key part of their annual or biannual training. Some insurance underwriters give benefits for attending a CPPP.

Typical CPPP Weekend Event
The CPPP weekend offers participants a selection of ground courses, optional flight and flight simulation instruction segments with some of the most experienced Cirrus instructors, a Partner-in-Command program for non-pilot right seat companions, and all meals including a Friday night welcome reception and a Saturday night dinner. Event times are Friday beginning at 6:00pm through Sunday concluding at 3:00pm.

The knowledge courses contain expanded content for 2019 from the colleges of COPA University. Notable are expanded and updated courses on avionics, weather, procedures, decision-making and aircraft systems.

The John Leber Simulator Laboratory
For 2019, the sim lab will be a 3-hour session called "IFR, are you ready?" and will feature a one-on-one combined ground/flight simulation that will sharpen and refresh your IFR skills with your personal CSIP.  As this is an IFR ground/flight scenario, participants should be IFR rated or training for their rating.

There is an additional $175 fee for this course to cover instructor and equipment expense.

The sim laboratory uses a Cirrus version of the FlyThisSim VX simulator and includes the Avidyne Entegra or the Garmin Perspective system with Garmin GFC700, STEC55x, and Avidyne DFC90 autopilots.  There are a limited number of sim slots available at this event and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.  You will automatically be waitlisted during registration if the sim sessions are full.  (Currently,  we do not offer simulations of Garmin GTN650/750, Avidyne R9, or Avidyne IFD440/540, ARNAV MFD, Sandel HSI, or Aspen displays but iPad trainers can be used to review GTN and IFD procedures.)

Partner in Command Course
The CPPP offers a Partner-in-Command course on Saturday morning for right-seat flyers. The PIC course has received rave reviews from partners who leave better prepared to survive an emergency and help their flying partner. Many CPPP participants wish they had invited their partners because of the positive impact on their partners. Partners will also receive a sim session for hands-on practice of what they learned in the PIC course.

For additional information on the PIC course, click → HERE.

FAA Wings Credit
CPPP weekend recurrent training qualifies for FAA Wings credit. It is possible to obtain sufficient credits so that you will qualify for the Basic phase. That will enable pilots to satisfy FAR 61.56(e) for the 24-month flight review requirement. CPPP flight training may also qualify for discounts on some aircraft insurance policies and satisfies the recurrent training requirements on others.

Insurance Requirements
Flight participants must supply their own aircraft and provide a Certificate of Insurance to COPA Training Foundation (see the Insurance tab above for details).

This registration site will help you register yourself, a group, and your non-pilot partner and any others sharing your aircraft. For each person, you will be asked to select one of the participation choices:
  • Ground + 2 Flight instruction,
  • Ground + 1 Flight instruction, 
  • Ground-only instruction, or 
  • Non-Pilot Partner.
You will be asked for information about the participant, the aircraft configuration and flight experience.
Non-Owner CFIs
are offered a heavily discounted rate to encourage instructor participation. This category is only for instructors that do not own an aircraft. CFI's that own aircraft should register for Ground Only, or one of the flight options if desired.

Hotel Accommodations
Registration does not cover hotel accommodations
, which must be arranged separately (see the tab for Hotel, Airport & FBO above for detailed information)

Course Fees Registrations received
prior to June 15, 2019
Registrations received 
June 15, 2019 
or later
Ground + 2 Flight $1450
Optional Cancellation
Protection $145
Flight registrations will not
be accepted. You may
wait list and upgrade should a flight  slot  become available
Ground + 1 Flight $1150
Optional Cancellation
Protection $115
Flight registrations will not
be accepted. You may
wait list and
upgrade should a flight slot become available
Ground Only $850 $850
Partners/Right Seat - NON pilots $150
when accompanying paid participant
when accompanying paid participant
Non-Owner CFI $200 $200


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