What can I expect on the day
Looking to get airborne in East Anglia? Well, you've come to the right place with this range of flights from Old Buckenham airfield that operate in modern, light aircraft that are all dual-controlled.
Old Buck, as it is affectionately known, is a small, but perfectly-formed airfield that was built specifically as the base for the 453rd Bomber Group between 1942 and 1945. After the war things fell quiet in this corner of East Anglia, until civil aviation started again in the 1960s. The 1990s saw the airfield being redeveloped with a new hangars, a club-house and ground training centre - all of which you see today. The same aero club has been operating flight training courses at Old Buckenham since 1998 and the instructing team's background is a mix of military and commercial aviation, with hundreds and hundreds of hours of flying behind them too.
So you'll be in safe hands when you learn to fly at Old Buckenham. The planes used are classic training aircraft, such as the Cessna 1972 and the Piper PA28, two stalwarts of the skies all over the world, let alone East Anglia!
And talking of skies, the ones over East Anglia are free of controlled air space and have very low levels of commercial traffic, which means you, your little plane and your instructor will pretty much have it all to yourselves - which in turn means you can concentrate on the tricky business of having a go at flying the plane.
Indeed, this isn't just a nice little cruise around East Anglia, this is a proper flight school at Old Buckenham and whether you pick the 20, 30, 45 or 60 minute voucher, your flight will be run just as any first flying lesson. This means you get all the pre-flight briefing just like any student pilot and you get to actually take the controls of the aircraft too. And to round off the experience, you can join the pilots and plane spotters for a cuppa and a snack at Jimmy's Cafe afterwards, the perfect spot to talk aviation, take pictures and wax lyrical about the first time you flew at Old Buck!
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