What can I expect on the day
Aviation history and impeccable training combines on North Weald airfield flying lessons! This flying school is the only CAA Approved Training Organisation operating out of North Weald, so you’ll be in good hands for your first foray into flight. What’s more, it’s a fantastic location…
Well-placed in the North Weald Bassett area of Essex, this airfield is steeped in aviation history and in fact, the whole aerodrome is Grade II listed, with one of the hangars dating back to 1927 and the Officer’s Mess still standing. Flying started here way back in 1916 and North Weald was very much frontline in the Battle of the Britain. Home to squadrons from a multitude of allied countries, the RAF finally moved out in 1964.
But that didn’t spell the end of flying at North Weald. Far from it, in fact. General Aviation quite literally took off here and today you might well encounter resident warbirds during your lesson, so don’t be surprised if you taxi past a Kittyhawk, or have to give way to one of the GNAT display team coming in to land. And there’s the fascinating North Weald Museum on-site too.
Facilities have been maintained to a superb standard too, with the imposing control tower overlooking the two concrete and one grass runway and a network of paved taxiways. This allows the flight training school to operate in all seasons at North Weald, flying 362 years of the year, seven days a week. Because of this, there is a dedicated instruction and operational team working year round at North Weald to train up budding pilots.
For your experiences it’s all about an introduction to the wonders of flying over the Weald, with both two and four seater planes available. Lessons are carried out as though they were the first in your pilot flight training programme, including a full explanation of the aircraft and instrumentation in your pre-flight ground briefing - so you’ll certainly feel prepared and ready to get airborne over North Weald!
As well as the usual 30 and 60 minute sessions at North Weald airfield, flying lessons can also be combined with sightseeing on the special Air Experience for two. You will still undertake flight training, but your flight path will take you to the Dartford Crossing to follow the Thames towards London, so your rear seat passenger gets a bird’s eye view of the likes of the Thames Barrier, the O2 and the Olympic Park, returning to North Weald via Epping Forest.
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