Fly with a Fighter Pilot
• Ground briefing is approximately 40 minutes and includes all safety/parachute procedures
• You will be kitted out in a high quality military flying suit
• Take-off and get to know the aeroplane; introduction to the effects of controls - turning, climbing and descending
• A 35 minute flight (chock to chock)
• Demonstration of beginner and intermediate manoeuvres by your instructor
• The opportunity to take the controls and try a selection of manoeuvres such as: loop, aileron roll, stall turn, barrel roll, cuban 8, slow roll derry turn etc
• Total duration for experiences is between 2-3 hours
• Debrief including the results of the amount of g pulled results
• Signed flight certificate
• Opportunity to purchase a USB recording of your flight (around £49)
What Can I Expect
When we say you get to fly with a fighter pilot, we really mean it! These incredible aerial adventures will see you team up with an ex-military fighter pilot to take an ex-military trainer aircraft out for a spin from Goodwood Aerodrome on a ride that can be as wild or mild as you like.
This experience is all about learning the tricks and moves to be able to fly just like a skilled fighter pilot. No need to spend hours and hours learning the basics though, with these nimble T67 Firefly aircraft you’ll be able to pull off some of those classic aerobatic manoeuvres within minutes of getting airborne.
But first things first on these fighter pilot rides, you’ll just need to practice the basic turn, climb and descend. Now that all seemed to go pretty smoothly, it’s time to step it up a gear, skip a few hundred hours of flight training and go straight to the aerobatic section of the 'how to be a fighter pilot' syllabus. Yes, you will be at the controls as you execute stylish rolls, loops and turns - just like the ones you see at airshows.
In the Firefly aircraft you have the advantage of being up front side-by-side, with your experienced fighter pilot instructor sitting right next to you and you’ll be totally immersed in the flying. Take a Cuban 8 for example. Skilled fighter pilots fly these aerial figures of eight with ease - and you’ll soon find out they need a fair bit of control on the ailerons.
Who could resist the fighter pilot’s favourite Stall Turn, otherwise known as the Hammerhead Turn? Fly this right and it looks very, very cool in the air and always gets a reaction from the crowd below. Test your rudder skills to the max as you make a vertical climb, reduce power and pull the rudder to rotate the Firefly through 180 degrees into a brief (and very thrilling) vertical dive, before it’s power on and pull up to fly straight and level again.
Then there’s the Derry roll. You’ll need to know your left and right for this one, as you roll left 270 degrees on your own axis to the pull round on your side to fly off to the right. Sounds confusing? It’ll all become clear when you do it for real with your fighter pilot instructor. Start totting up the amount of g you’ve pulled on your flight, it’s going to be a lot!
• Flights generally take place Mondays to Saturdays, throughout the year
• Dates and session times are subject to availability and weather conditions
*Flights resume 4th July 2020*
• Minimum age 12, over 71's will need a doctors confirmation that you are fit to fly, and take part in this experience
• Maximum weight is 17 stone, maximum height is 6'5"
• You will be required to complete a medical self certification form before flying
• Light flat shoes with good grip must be worn - trainers are ideal
• You will be kitted out with military flying suits - please wear comfortable casual clothes to go underneath
• Changing facilities are limited
• Cameras are not allowed on board the aircraft
• Participants are welcome to bring up to two guests who may attend all briefings (subject to space)
• Additional guests are allowed, however, they may not be accommodated in the crew room
• It is not recommended to bring children to the airfield
• Refreshments are provided for flyers
• There is a restaurant on site which serves excellent food
• Aerobatic flights do not take place over the airfield, but spectators will be able to watch take off and landing of the aircraft
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• Goodwood Aerodrome near Chichester