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Firefly Aerobatics Experience Essex

Stapleford Airfield   

• 20mins aerobatics flight from Stapleford Airfield
• Flying in the British-built Slingsby Firefly
• Try slow stylish rolls, the Firefly signature move
• Firefly has a side by side cockpit configuration
20 Minute Firefly Aerobatics



What's Included

• A 20 minute gravity-defying aerobatic flight in a Slingsby Firefly
• Welcome, introduction to the aircraft, flight and safety briefing
• Fly side by side with a highly qualified display pilot
• Experience a variety of aerobatic manoeuvres

What Can I Expect

Want to learn some fancy aerobatics in Essex? Yearning to do a loop the loop in a plane? Well, these aerobatics experiences out of Stapleford Aerodrome will get you off to a flying start as you make your foray into the world of aerial free styling using one of the best trainer aircraft designed for the job.

The Slingsby Firefly is actually a British-built aeroplane and a specially modified military version served as the basic aerobatics trainer in the RAF from 1995 to 2010, before it was replaced by the Grob. This little low-wing, high performance plane has seen some serious action, including a certain member of the Royal Family who earned his spinning wings in one - but we couldn't possibly divulge who it was…

And although you'll be treated like a VIP for your session, there are no airs and graces here, as it's all very down to earth and friendly here in Stapleford with their Firefly. The team is highly experienced with a CV in flying and aerobatics that's as long as your arm. All that means your accompanying pilot instructor is an expert when it comes to handling the Slingsby and will be only too pleased to show you the ropes.

It's worth noting that the Slingsby you'll be flying in is the T67M. This 160hp 'M' version is considered by aficionados as the best version of the Firefly there is as it is the modified military model. In aeronautical techno-geek speak that means it has a constant-speed propeller and an inverted fuel and oil system, which for us mere mortals means that it can fly for quite a long time upside down!

So now you've got the right aeroplane for the job and a fully qualified instructor, it's time to get ready for some aerobatics above the Essex skies. Step out onto the apron and after a walk around this very pretty little Firefly it's time to climb aboard the cockpit (admittedly a little snug!), get the harness on and get ready to fly

Once airborne and cruising happily you will be asked if you'd like to take control. They tell us the Slingsby is a 'real stick and rudder plane' that requires skill and precise, gentle handling to get the best out of it, so we'll soon see if you've got what it takes. And of course, your flight includes a spectacular run of aerobatics over Essex that's bound to include a loop the loop and if you're brave enough, maybe a few slow, stylish spins that the Slingsby is famous for.


• Flights operate on most weekdays and weekends throughout the year, subject to availability and weather conditions


• Stapleford Airfield, Essex

Suitable For

• Minimum age 14
• All under 18's must be accompanied by an adult on the airfield
• Maximum weight 14 stone
• Two forms of identity including photographic ID will be required on the day


• Friends and family are welcome

Anything Else

• All flights are subject to Air Traffic Control and/or weather restrictions at the time of your flight
• It is recommended that you don't have a heavy meal or drink any alcohol before your experience
• There is a fully licensed clubhouse on site serving snacks and meals all day
• Flight times quoted are 'chock to chock, so include taxi time


Average Rating 5
Total Reviews 3
Recommend to Friend 3
about 4 years ago
I had a super amazing stunt flight experience, which I went to Stapleford Aerodrome. Airfield was great and we had access to the club house there so my partner was able to get a drink and sandwich whilst I was flying. Chris my Pilot was amazing! He gave a great H&S brief which made me feel reassured I was in safe hands. I just wish it could have lasted even longer. To The Blue were amazing with support as I managed to loose my voucher but they helped me out with no problems or hassle. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who are thrill seekers :-)
about 4 years ago
about 5 years ago
This was a great experience. The instructor Tony did a fantastic job to make the aerobatic trip really enjoyable and allowed me to learn about the aircraft and the manoeuvres. Many thanks!
Phil Little
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