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How much do flying lessons cost?

Forget the pilot jargon and aviation babble, we’ve come up with a guide to flying lessons costs written in good old layman terms. Now you can work out the best way for you to get airborne, with all the relevant information you could ever need.

plane intotheblueAren’t flying lessons really expensive? Well, that depends…

If you’re just looking to have a go at flying, you can buy taster lesson experiences that are often called Trial Flying Lessons from as little as £59.

Flying Lessons : Clicking this link will take you to our own page, which offers the cheapest light aircraft flying lessons in the industry, with the added extra that we are the best at it. (Not being biased at all, but we have been doing this since 1996!)

The other question budding aviators often ask is how many lessons are needed and how much it will cost to get a flying licence?

Of course, this can depend on the type of pilot’s licence, but the most common of all, the UK Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL), is the one at the core of this article. Again depending on your location, studying capabilities and price of accessories, we’ve estimated the cost is between £6000 and £7000.

plane intotheblueQuick summary

Single lesson – from £59 for a 20 minute trial flight
For a licence to fly solo – Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) we estimate between £6000 and £7000

Flying lesson cost and fun

Start with a trial flying lesson before going for your Private Pilot’s Licence

plane intotheblueWhat you need to know

Flying schools often charge for their time in two different ways. If you’ve been to our site before, you might have come across the expression ‘chock to chock’ (usually under the heading “what’s included in this experience?”). This means your lesson time runs from when the aircraft starts up, to when the engine is switched off and therefore includes taxiing time.

The other common form is charging by “tacho” hour, which is similar to tacho disks in the logistics industry. This system also counts the engine running time, but is dependent on RPMs, so if you are stationary in a queue to take off with the engine running, the slower the disk will be used up.

And similarly, 10 minutes in the air at full throttle will ‘cost’ more than a gentle 10 minute cruise at slower engine speeds with lower RPMs. All this means you can have a slightly varying durations, depending on your run.

Note: It’s important to know how you’re charged for your lessons, because the minimum number of hours to obtain your PPL licence is 45 hours of actual flight time in the air.

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Yes, we’re not just a one-off experience company! So you’ve had a taster and you’d like to start logging hours that will contribute to gaining your very own Private Pilots Licence? We charge £499 for the initial three hours of your PPL licence training and you can find out more here: Become a Pilot

plane intotheblueIs there much studying involved for a PPL? And what are the other costs involved?

To obtain your Private Pilot Licence so you can fly a light aircraft by yourself, you must sit nine exams that cover many bases, including aircraft specifics, navigation, environment/conditions and meteorology to name a few.

Each costs roughly £25 per exam, along with textbooks and a navigation pack that can set you back another £100. Obviously we recommend you to shop around eBay and Amazon for good deals on these flight training essentials.

However, if we had to recommend a specific site, is one we have used many times before. Their range is excellent and they do the whole PPL series for £99.95!

The beauty of studying for your PPL is that it’s like driving a car; you learn whilst actually flying and most aspects of the curriculum will pop up throughout the classes.

In addition you’ll need to take into account your miscellaneous expenses, as you’ll also need to pass a medical (which may require payment), buy a headset (some schools will supply them, if not prices vary from £69.74 to £850 – offers all the major brands), insure yourself throughout the whole process (via your flying school) and pay for the final test (usually £150).

Finally once the ash settles, you’ll need to pay the Civil Aviation Authority to issue your Private Pilot Licence.

plane intotheblueI have my UK PPL but I’m not sure what I can do with it?

The Private Pilot’s Licence allows any British-registered single-engine aircraft to be flown by you, as long as the weather and flight conditions pass the Visual Flight Rules (which you’ll have learnt are to do with time of day, visibility and distance from the ground).  Now the UK is now longer part of EASA, you will need to read up on flying non-UK registered planes in Europe and beyond. The current guidelines can be found listed on this CAA link.

plane intotheblueOK, but can I take passengers up on a Private Pilot Licence?

Yes you can! You’ve worked hard to get your licence, so now it’s time to reap the benefits. There’s no better way of impressing someone than inviting them to come fly with you, so start racking up those air miles.

The common single engine aircrafts flown and hired out by flying clubs are no different to the ones we offer in our experiences, that’s to say Cessna 152s and Piper PA-28.

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plane intotheblueWhat is the minimum age you have to be to hold a Flying Licence?

Again, this depends on the type, but rule of thumb is that a 16 year old can hold a licence for hot air balloons or gliders, whereas you need to be 17 or older to hold a licence for aeroplanes and other general aircraft.

plane intotheblueI want to become an Airline Pilot. How do I go about doing this?

Well, first of all, before you go down this route, you’ll need to have at least tried to fly a plane before. It’s a big commitment. Assuming you’re interested in a Commercial Pilots licence, have a look at Flight Crew Licensing, which  provides all the ins and outs on what you need to do.

plane intotheblueI’m interested, but where can I do these flying lessons?

Ah, this is where we shine, as we have locations up and down the UK and the following map (which is part of our very own interactive map feature on our website) shows you flying school locations simply by clicking on it.

Flying Lesson Costs and location in the UK

Where can I fly in the UK?

plane intotheblueConclusion

In conclusion, there are obviously quite a few areas to consider when you ask how much flying lessons cost. It depends on your intentions, your desire to be a fully licensed pilot, or if just want the one-off chance to cut through the clouds at altitude, viewing the United Kingdom in all it’s glory. Please visit the home of flying at

*All information in this article is correct and up to date as of March 2023*

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