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Solent Lights Sports Flights

Lower Upham Airfield, Hampshire   

• Trial flying lessons over the Solent and beyond
• Get airborne in an Ikarus C42
• Flight paths take you over some fascinating sights
• Plenty of time to take control and fly the Ikarus

What's Included

• A trial flying lesson in an Ikarus C42 'microlight' class aircraft
• Welcome, introduction and safety briefing
• Your choice of flight duration
• Personalised flight certificate

30 Minute Flight
Portsmouth Harbour and the Spinnaker Tower

60 Minute Flight
View the Needles and fly around the Isle of Wight

Landaway Flight
Two 55-60 minute flights. Land at a different airfield for a short break before returning to Lower Upham for the ultimate flight experience

What Can I Expect

A warm welcome awaits at Lower Upham airfield from pilots and members alike when you arrive for your flying lessons near Southampton! This is a fabulous corner of the country to take a flight, combining the countryside and coastline around the Solent, with all the vibrancy and bustle of Portsmouth - and all as seen from the air!

These fun flying lessons take off from Lower Upham, a small private General Aviation aerodrome adjacent to the village of the same name. It's just north east of Southampton and Eastleigh, so within minutes you'll be flying over the Solent and out towards the English Channel.

All flights are in modern light sport aircraft, namely the Ikarus C42. This renowned and much-loved high-wing aircraft is fully enclosed and boasts superb range, performance and stable handling too. In amongst the classic aircraft and helicopters that are hangared here at Lower Upham, the Ikarus is a firm favourite, especially as it's so agile and quiet.

For your lesson, there will be a ground briefing and you'll be introduced to your pilot instructor who will be taking you into the skies around Southampton and beyond. As soon as take off has been deftly handled by your pilot and you're in straight and level flight, it's over to you (if you want to) to have a go at flying the Ikarus to learn some basic aviator skills.

If you're on the 30 minute lesson, your flight path will head along the Solent and over Portsmouth, taking in the Spinnaker Tower at Gunwarf Quays and HMNB Portsmouth, the Royal Navy's largest dockyard. When you spend 60 minutes in the Ikarus, your flight will take you over the chalk stack Needles that look simply stunning from the high-level cockpit view. And you might circle around the Isle of Wight too.

On a land away experience it's your outward flight, a landing at another local airfield, time for cuppa and chat, another take off and the return flight back to base at Lower Upham Airfield. Whichever flying lesson duration you choose, its superb scenery in and around Southamptonand top notch tuition all the way!


• Selected weekdays and weekends throughout the year excluding Mondays
• All flights are subject to availability and weather conditions


• Lower Upham Airfield, Bishops Waltham, Hampshire

Suitable For

• Minimum age 12
• Under 18s must be accompanied on site by an adult
• Maximum height 6'4"
• Generally the maximum weight is 14 stone, should you be close to this limit please contact Into the Blue for further information


• Spectators are welcome to come along and watch the action


Average Rating 5
Total Reviews 5
Recommend to Friend 5
2 weeks ago
Simply brilliant.
Rob Sawyer
about 2 years ago
Superb company - friendly and spent over 1 hour in the air with lots of hands on. Highly Recommedned
about 2 years ago
Excellent experience. A small airfield with friendly staff. I was made very welcome and talked around the plane and the controls. Take-off was taken by the pilot but I was soon passed the controls and guided in flying the plane. It was a very hot day with lots of thermals to keep me on my toes by adjusting the trim. With a choice of destinations I chose to fly over Portsmouth Harbour, up the coast to the Witterings and back inland.
David Bennett
about 2 years ago
Best flying experience ever, was like an adventure, plenty of hands on flying. Highly recommend the land away experience. Saving up for another.
Andrew Knight
about 2 years ago
Amazing experience. Would thoroughly recommend & already have. Will definitely be doing another flight with them
Peter Tew
Delivery TypeDelivery TimePrice
Standard DeliveryEstimated 2-3 days - Most delivered next working day*£1.95
Weekly Special DeliveryGuaranteed next working day£7.50
Saturday Special DeliverySaturdays Only£11.70
European Delivery3 - 5 working days£4.50
Rest of World Delivery5 - 7 working days£6.50

All orders places before 4pm will be dispatched the same working day

* 93% delivered next working day

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Vouchers are usually valid for 12 months from the date of purchase (unless otherwise stated) and shall become invalid on the expiry date. The expiry date is set out on the Voucher. Vouchers may be extended for a further 12 months on payment of an admin fee of £10 plus any increase that may have taken place for that activity since the original date of purchase. Please note that some Vouchers cannot be extended; this will be stated on the Voucher. PLEASE NOTE: You must book and take your experience before the before the expiry date of the voucher.
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Solent Lights Sports Flights
30 Minute Trial Lesson
Total Price£85.00
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