UK GA Winter Ops (Cold Weather Ops)

The SkyLearner UK GA Winter Operations (Cold Weather) course, is a UK CAA PROUD recognised course, designed for trainee and qualified pilots of all experience levels, engaged in general aviation and recreational flying. 

The aim is to become aware of requirements when flying during the colder UK winter months, when weather is often less favourable and specific environmental threats and hazards exist.

This course is available as:

✅ Self Study Theory Course
✅ 1 Day Online Workshop
✅ 1 Day In-Person Workshop

Who is this course aimed at ?

  • Newly qualified and experienced LAPL & PPL pilots wanting to expand their skill set and improve their understanding of UK winter operations.
  • Trainee LAPL & PPL pilots, who will be raining throughout the UK winter months in the colder weather.

How would you like to join?

Skills Workshop
(Online or In-Person)

£99 -
Once Off
  • Prepare for the UK Winter on your own time, and from home, with our short 6 hr video course, which includes some core downloadable resources and materials. Let our instructor Stefan Wagner, take you through typical UK GA Winter Ops.

    Available free of charge to existing SkyLearner students
  • Video Based Learning Material
  • Revision Key Facts & Points
  • Downloadable Resources
  • UK CAA PROUD Endorsed Certificate
  • Professional Instructor Led Discussion Workshop.
    (Online or in-person option)
    (1 Day - 10:00 to 16:00 UK)
  • Next Course Dates (Space Available):
    Contact us to enquire
  • Contact us to Book a Date

How the course works

General Description

The SkyLearner UK Winter Operations self study video course is designed to allow you to study at home and on your own time schedule, using the SkyLearner system. This course is offered as a series of video briefings, combined takeaway key facts and other helpful resources.

Learning Path

  1. Complete the course videos and key facts
  2. Discuss any concerns or address any questions through our live chat system.
  3. Print off your CAA endorsed PROUD certificate.

Remember, we are available to answer any of your questions.


Available 24 hrs a day, you set the pace and duration to match your schedule.

General Description

The SkyLearner UK GA winter operations skills workshop option, is designed for those wanting to learn about the threats of cold weather flying in general aviation, while sharing stories, discussing experiences, and networking, all over a cup of tea or coffee.

Using our classroom studio, or Microsoft Teams (Depending on class sizes), you can come and join us online or in-person at one of our training venues or join the live session online.

You will also get 1 month of access to the SkyLearner system, including the video based course, key facts and instructor support.

Learning Path

  1. Choose a skill's workshop date.
  2. Attend the skills workshop
  3. Get your CAA endorsed PROUD certificate.

Available Venues

  • Online from your home
  • At our training venue in Carrickfergus, UK. 


We publish Skills Workshop dates for the next 12 months, but spaces are limited to a maximum of 12 people to ensure learning is not maximum. 

To choose a course date, select the skills' workshop option from the course options above.

Course/ Workshop Syllabus

This short course/ workshop, forms part of SkyLearner Upskilling PROUD framework, and is endorsed by the UK CAA under the CAA PROUD Scheme, which aims to promote continuous pilot development and upskilling.

Course Syllabus

Duration: 6 Hrs (1 Day)

  • Aircraft & General Considerations
  • Survival Equipment
  • Weather Planning
  • Icing Avoidance Planning
  • Performance
  • Alternate Planning
  • Preflight Checks
  • Deicing
  • Engine Handling
  • Cruise Check Considerations
  • Icing Recognition
  • Remedial Planning

The SkyLearner PROUD Scheme

The SkyLearner PROUD scheme, is endorsed by the UK CAA, and is aimed at developing and upskilling pilots Knowledge Skills and Attitudes, after official licence training has completed. 

These courses aim to promote a range of the practical skills essential to creating the modern, resilient and adaptable GA or professional pilot, and to promote continuous learning.

SkyLearner CAA PROUD Journey
SkyLearner CAA PROUD Journey

Frequently Asked Questions

No, there is no official requirement to conduct additional training for UK winter GA flying, however, significant hazards exist in this unfamiliar environment, and it is therefore extremely helpful to get additional training to help improve flight safety.

This course is recognised under the UK CAA PROUD Scheme as an upskilling or pilot skills development course.

Yes, we will issue out a certificate showing you have completed this course, which is recognised by the UK CAA, as part of SkyLeaner’s pilot upskilling programme.

Proud is a scheme run by the UK CAA which encourages pilots to continuously learn, improving knowledge, developing skills and enhancing attitudes towards GA flying.

SkyLearner has developed a specific training programme and PROUD framework, designed to meet these objectives in core areas. These courses focus on providing practical application of theoretical knowledge, and build on each other to level up existing pilots.

Aviation is a dynamic and safety focused industry, which has managed to achieve inccredible operational and safety standards, in the wake of a changing environment. This in no part is thanks to the professionalism of the people of those involved. 

It is important that pilots remain proficient with up to date regulation, modern techniques, and understanding, in order to be an effective commander and operate safely.

UK CAA Endorsed Training

SkyLearner Aviation is a UK approved training organisation (ATO) and this pilot upskilling course forms part of the UK Civil Aviation Authority Endorsed PROUD scheme.

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