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Flying lessons and trial flights are a big part of our heritage, as we're sister company to the organisers of the world-famous Biggin Hill Airshows. With that sort of pedigree, it's no wonder we boast one of the biggest and best value ranges of pilot schools in the UK. Flying lessons FAQs...
 
 
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Flyers Choice

Locations Nationwide

From £50.00

Flyers Choice
• Choose from a wide choice of Flying Experiences
• Locations across the UK
• Option to top up your voucher on line
white cessna over coast
Based On 83 Reviews

30 Minute Flying Lessons Nationwide

Nationwide Locations

Best Seller From £89.00

30 Minute Flying Lessons Nationwide
• Our best value flying lessons
• 30 minute flights chock to chock
• Nationwide locations available
• 30 airfields across the UK to choose from
Learn to Fly Sessions
Based On 82 Reviews

60 Minute Flying Lessons Nationwide

Nationwide Flying Schools

Buy For £179.00

60 Minute Flying Lessons Nationwide
• Fly the skies for 60 minutes
• Locations offered nationwide
• Take the controls of the plane yourself
• Great value first flying lessons
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Learn to be a Pilot Experience

Coventry Airport, West Midlands

Save £50 From £349.00

Learn to be a Pilot Experience
• Find out what the life of a pilot is like
• Includes landaway flight to a local airfield
• Hosted by expert pilot instructors at Coventry Airport
• Vouchers available for one or two people
four seater plane
Based On 8 Reviews

Four Seater Trial Flights

Nationwide Locations

Best Seller From £109.00

Four Seater Flying Lessons Nationwide
• Learn to fly in a four seater plane
• Possibility of inviting a passenger
• Flight training centres around the UK
• Chance to 'take the controls' yourself
Red plane Coventry
Based On 76 Reviews

Double Flight Experience Coventry

Coventry Airport, Bagington

Special Offer From £129.00

Double Flight Experience Coventry
• One flight as pilot + one as observer
• Vouchers for one or two people available
• Your chance to taxi the aeroplane out
• A complimentary post-flight pub drink
plane in flight
Based On 6 Reviews

Flying Lessons Surrey

Blackbushe Airport, Camberley

From £129.00

Flying Lessons Surrey
• Flying out of Blackbushe Airport, Surrey
• An airfield steeped in WW2 history
• Spectators can watch from the Bushe Cafe
• A huge range of experiences available
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Based On 42 Reviews

Flying Lessons Bristol

Bristol International Airport

Special Offer From £99.00

Flying Lessons Bristol
• Trial lessons at Bristol International Airport
• A flying club owned by pilots for pilots
• Club first established in 1927
• Variety of aircraft & durations available
Tuition at North Lincs
Based On 2 Reviews

Flight Tuition North Lincolnshire

Humberside International Airport

From £95.00

Flight Tuition North Lincolnshire
• Go flying at this CAA approved school
• Take off from busy Humberside Airport
• Bustling cargo operations airport
• Learn the basic controls whilst you fly
4 Seater PA-28
Based On 49 Reviews

Flying Lessons Liverpool

Liverpool John Lennon Airport

From £149.00

Flying Lessons Liverpool
• Lessons at John Lennon Airport
• Fly at a bustling international airport
• Two and four seater aircraft offered
• Spectacular views of Liverpool from the air
plane in sunset
Based On 2 Reviews

Landaway Flying Experience

Locations Nationwide

Save £120 From £139.00

Pilot Landaway Flying Lessons
• Landaways: fly, land elsewhere, fly back
• Double or triple landaways available
• Enjoy extended time in the air
• Experience multiple takeoffs & landings
Cessna 152
Based On 15 Reviews

Flying at Biggin Hill

Biggin Hill Airport in Kent

From £259.00

Flying at Biggin Hill
• Fly out of famous Biggin Hill Airport
• Training school established in 1947
• See London and Kent from the air
• Biggin Hill - the home of IntotheBlue
Cessna 152 plane
Based On 135 Reviews

Flying Lessons Blackpool

Blackpool Airport, Lancashire

From £99.00

Flying Lessons Blackpool
• See Blackpool Tower & Pleasure Beach
• Flight academy of excellence
• Warm & friendly welcome at the club
• Fab spectator views from 'Airside' cafe
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Based On 12 Reviews

Flying School Taster

Nationwide

Buy For £59.00

Flying School Experience
• Your first taste of flying
• Spend 15-20 minutes in the aeroplane
• Flying schools all over the country
• Experience suitable for 14yrs+
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Auster Warbird Flight Northumberland

Eshott Airfield, Morpeth

Save £50 Buy For £199.00

Auster Warbird Flight Northumberland
• A unique chance to fly in an Auster plane
• Flights operate out of Eshott Airfield in Morpeth
• See the wild coast & countryside on a 30mins flight
• Served in the RAF as an Air Observation Plane
sunset flight
Based On 17 Reviews

Learn to Fly in Exeter

Exeter Airport, Honiton

From £139.00

Flying Lessons in Exeter
• Fly from Exeter Airport
• Devon's coast & countryside from the air
• Flight training centre of excellence
• Flying lessons operate all year round
Aeroplane Pilot Day

Aeroplane Pilot Day

Blackpool Airport, Lancashire

Save £90 Buy For £109.00

Aeroplane Pilot Day
• See behind the scenes of an aeroclub
• Take a 20 minute flying lesson
• Guided hangar tour included
• Find out how to become a pilot
Piper PA28 Warrior II

Flying Lessons Bournemouth

Bournemouth International Airport, Dorset

From £195.00

Flying Lessons Bournemouth
• Take off from Bournemouth International Airport
• Flight school based at Aviation Park West
• Excitement of flying in class D airspace
• See Sandbanks, Poole Harbour and more from the air
Cornwall planes
Based On 11 Reviews

Aviation Day over Cornwall

Bodmin Airfield, near Cardinham

From £135.00

Flying Lessons Cornwall
• Flights from Bodmin Airfield in Cornwall
• North and south coast views as you fly
• The school has operated here since 1972
• Choose a 2 or 4 seater light aircraft
Cessna 152 aeroplane
Based On 6 Reviews

Flying Lessons Redhill

Redhill Aerodrome, Surrey

From £125.00

Flying Lessons Redhill
• Take to the skies from Redhill Aerodrome
• Great views from cafes for spectators
• Extensive range of flight options
• Learn to fly in modern light aircraft
bluesky
Based On 3 Reviews

Light Sport Aircraft East Sussex

Deanland Airfield, Lewes

From £95.00

Light Sport Aircraft East Sussex
• Fly from ex RAF base Deanland Airfield in Lewes
• School uses Ikarus C42 light sports aircraft
• Trial flights count towards pilot qualification
• Airfield is north east of Brighton
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Flying Lessons North Weald

North Weald Airfield, Essex

From £79.00

Flying Lessons North Weald
• Trial flying lessons from North Weald airfield
• CAA Approved Training Organisation
• Two and four seater aircraft available for lessons
• 'Air Experience' combines sightseeing & tuition
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Flying Lessons Northumberland

Eshott Airfield, Morpeth

From £85.00

Flying Lessons Northumberland
• Flying lessons & experiences from Eshott Airfield
• Range of lessons inc. formation take off & landaways
• Take to the skies in a light sports aircraft
• Fly over Northumbrian coast and countryside
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Based On 23 Reviews

Flying Shoreham Airport

Shoreham Airport, near Brighton

Back in Business July 2020 From £120.00

Flying Lessons West Sussex
  • Flying lessons in two seater or four seater aircraft
  • Some unique flight options for an unusual gift
  • Fly from Shoreham Airport on the West Sussex coast
  • Easy access & close to Brighton and Hove
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Flying Lessons Wiltshire

Clench Common Airfield, Marlborough

From £70.00

Flying Lessons Wiltshire
• Light sport aircraft flying at Clench Common
• Fly over the North Wessex Downs
• Club uses a fleet of fully-enclosed microlights
• Plenty of hands-on time to fly the Ikarus yourself
 instructor and light sport aircraft
Based On 4 Reviews

Light Sport Aircraft Experience Staffs

Tatenhill Airfield, Staffordshire

From £99.00

Light Sport Aircraft Experience Staffs
• Ultralight sport aircraft flying in Staffordshire
• Take off from Tatenhill Airfield
• Possible flight paths - Peak District & Lady Bower
• Fly in a modern dual control aircraft by CTSW
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Landaway Flights from Manchester

Barton Aerodrome, Eccles

From £349.00

Landaway Flights from Manchester
• A landaway experience from City Airport Manchester
• Fly to Sleap Aerodrome then fly back to Barton
• Includes a lunch at Sleap's cafe & clubhouse
• Plenty of opportunity to take the controls yourself
back and white Piper PA28 Warrior II
Based On 19 Reviews

Flights over Norfolk

Norwich International Airport

From £159.00

Flights over Norfolk
• Flying out of Norwich International Airport
• See the Norfolk Broads and the coast as you fly
• The latest avionics in all training aircraft
• Spectators welcome - runway view point for photos
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Flying Lessons Wolverhampton

Halfpenny Green Airport, Stourbridge

Special Offer From £89.00

Flying Lessons Wolverhampton
• Flying lessons out of Halfpenny Green Airport
• Learn to fly at this airport nr Wolverhampton
• Pilot multi-lesson starter packs also offered
• Superb onsite pilot's cafe too!
black and white Cessna 152
Based On 15 Reviews

Lessons Coventry

Coventry Airport, Warwickshire

From £89.00

Lessons Coventry
• Huge choice of flight durations for you
• Aeroclub based at Coventry Airport nr Baignton
• Run by pilots for pilots - an enthusiastic team!
• Sit in the 'pilot in command' seat (the left one!)
Cessna 152s aircraft
Based On 1 Review

Classes at Rochester Airport

Rochester Airport, Kent

From £259.00

Lessons Rochester Airport
• Head into the skies from Rochester Airport
• See River Medway & Chatham dockyard from the air
• Classroom briefing prior to all lessons included
• On site clubhouse offers friendly welcome
Cessna 152 aircraft
Based On 7 Reviews

Flying Lessons Duxford

Duxford Aerodrome, Cambridgeshire

From £125.00

Flying Lessons Duxford
• Take a trial flying lesson at IWM Duxford
• Entry to IWM Duxford museum included
• Amazing aerials views of Duxford
• Have a go at flying the plane yourself
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Based On 1 Review

PPL Flight Training Nationwide

Locations Nationwide

Buy For £495.00

PPL Flight Training Nationwide
• Proper pilot training!
• A block of three x 1 hour lessons
• Ideal start towards pilot qualification
• Offered at training schools nationwide
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Based On 6 Reviews

Light Sport Aircraft Hertfordshire

Elstree Aerodrome, near London

From £129.00

Light Sport Aircraft Hertfordshire
• Lessons out of Elstree Aerodrome
• Our nearest flight school to London
• Go flying in a modern two or four seater plane
• Flights available at weekends throughout the year
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Light Sports Aircraft Oxfordshire

Abingdon, Oxfordshire

From £85.00

Light Sports Aircraft Oxfordshire
• Lights sport aircraft flights from Abingdon
• A brilliant range of flight itineraries for lessons
• Stay local, head to France or the Isle of Wight
• Plenty of chance to get hands on with the controls
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Light Sports Flying Lessons Berkshire

Membury Airfield, Hungerford

From £59.00

Light Sports Flying Lessons Berkshire
• Light sport aircraft flying in Berkshire
• Flights out of Membury Airfield near Hungerford
• Choose a 30 or 60-min flight or a full day on site
• Operated using an Ikarus C42 light sports plane
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Light Sports Aircraft Winchester

Popham Airfield, Hampshire

Buy For £149.00

Light Sports Aircraft Winchester
  • Special Light Sport Aircraft flying out of Popham
  • Learn to fly an Ikarus C42
  • Enjoy a 60 trial flying lesson
  • Take the controls within minutes of taking off
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Light Sports Flight Training County Durham

Shotton Airfield

From £69.00

Light Sports Flight Training County Durham
• Microlight flights from Shotton Airfield
• This school uses Flight Design CT2K light aircraft
• A range of flight durations to choose from
• Fly in the unrestricted airspace around Durham
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Solent Flights

Lower Upham Airfield, Hampshire

From £85.00

Solent Flights
• 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
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Flying Lessons Manchester

City Airport, Eccles

From £145.00

Flying Lessons Manchester
• Trial flying lessons out of City Airport Manchester
• Formerly known as Barton Aerodrome in Eccles
• A choice of two or four seater aeroplanes
• Head East towards the Pennines, or West to Southport
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Light Sport Aircraft Lincolnshire

Saltby Airfield, Grantham

From £79.00

Light Sport Aircraft Lincolnshire
• Light sport aircraft flying near Grantham
• Fly from Saltby Airfield on the Leics/Lincs border
• A full range of lesson durations available
• One month club membership with all vouchers
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Ultimate Plane & Helicopter Experience

Coventry Airport

Buy For £349.00

Ultimate Plane & Helicopter Experience
• Enjoy both a helicopter and aeroplane flight
• Both depart from Coventry Airport in Warkwickshire
• Experience both rotary & fixed-wing aviation
• Both flights operated as lessons, so you get to fly
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Light Sports Flying Mid-Wales

Mid-Wales Airport, Welshpool

From £60.00

Light Sports Flying Mid-Wales
• Light sport aircraft flying out of Mid-Wales Airport
• Fly in these microlights over the Welshpool area
• Choose between 30 or 60-minute flights
• Ikarus and Eurostar microlights in the fleet
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Prestwick Flying Lessons

Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire

From £119.00

Prestwick Flying Lessons
• Trial flying lessons out of Prestwick Airport
• Choose between 2 and 4 seater aircraft
• Enjoy the stunning Ayrshire scenery as you fly
• You have the chance to take the controls
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Flying Lessons North Wales

Caernarfon Airport, Gwynedd

From £125.00

Flying Lessons North Wales
• Trial flying lessons out of Caernarfon Airport
• Fly in a four seater Piper light aircraft
• Your chance to take the controls as you fly
• Wonderful sea and mountains views included!
Earls Colne Airfield
Based On 1 Review

Flying Lessons Colchester

Earls Colne Airfield, Essex

From £125.00

Flying Lessons Colchester
• Rural airfield between Earls Colne & Coggeshall
• A welcoming, well-maintained little airstrip
• Prefect for taking first foray into flying
• Club boasts a varied fleet of light aircraft
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Based On 3 Reviews

Flying Lessons in Kent

Lydd Airport, Kent

From £139.00

Flying Lessons in Kent
• Lessons at Lydd/London Ashford Airport
• Lydd has a fascinating aviation history
• Fun & informative flying lessons for all
• A family-run school open all year round
Warrior aircraft
Based On 10 Reviews

Flying Lessons Lake District

Carlisle Airport, Cumbria

From £119.00

Flying Lessons Lake District
• Take off from Carlisle Airport
• Cruise at 2000ft over the local sights and coast
• Visit the Solway Aviation Museum on site
• A small & friendly family-run centre
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Flying Lessons Bedfordshire

Sackville Airfield, Riseley

From £75.00

Flying Lessons Bedfordshire
• Flying lessons from Sackville Farm Airfield Bedford
• Take to the air in a Flight Design CT2X aircraft
• Enjoy ultra light aviation at its very best!
• Go for a half day experience for a 'landaway' flight
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Flying Lessons Cambridgeshire

Peterborough Business Airfield

From £68.00

Flying Lessons Cambridgeshire
• Trial flying lessons out of Conington Airfield
• Fly over the patchwork Peterborough countryside
• One to one flying lessons, various flight durations
• Operator generally uses Cessna and Piper aircraft
plane on runway
Based On 2 Reviews

Airplane Courses in Stapleford

Stapleford Airfield, Essex

From £99.00

Airplane Courses in Stapleford
• Home Counties flight training at its best
• Taking off from Stapleford Airfield nr Romford
• Excellent ground facilities for pilots
• Spectators can watch from the clubhouse
view over wing
Based On 9 Reviews

Flying Lessons Teesside International Airport

Darlington, County Durham

From £45.00

Flying Lessons Teesside International Airport
• Take off from Teesside International airport
• Ground safety briefing before your flight
• Huge range of lessons available including Landaways
• Flights suitable for 14 years and over
white plane
Based On 34 Reviews

Flying Lessons Doncaster

Doncaster Sheffield Airport, South Yorkshire

From £89.00

Flying Lessons Doncaster
• Fly from Robin Hood Sheffield Doncaster Airport
• A range of flight option available
• Mixing General Aviation with International flights
• In-flight tuition so you can take the controls
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Flying Lessons Glasgow

Glasgow International Airport, Paisley

From £129.00

Flying Lessons Glasgow
• Join the big planes at Glasgow Airport!
• Fly over the Black & White Cart waters
• Scenic Renfrewshire & beyond from the air
• Learn at a commercial training school
Cessna 152 two-seater
Based On 10 Reviews

Flying Lessons Lincoln

Wickenby Aerodrome, Langworth

From £65.00

Flying Lessons Lincoln
• Flights from Wickenby Aerodrome in Lincs
• A wide choice of flight experiences
• Lancaster Sqn aviation museum on site
• Views of the Lincolnshire countryside
Diamond HK36 Super Dimona motorglider

Flying Lessons Oxfordshire

Enstone Aerodrome, Chipping Norton

From £99.00

Flying Lessons Oxfordshire
• A flight in a motor glider
• Views of scholarly Oxford & Blenheim Palace
• Take off from airfield at Enstone
• Clubhouse - ideal base for spectators to watch you
taking off at perth
Based On 6 Reviews

Flying Lessons Perth

Perth Airport, near Scone

From £139.00

Flying Lessons Perth
• Flights from Perth (formerly Scone) Airport
• Dedicated Flight Training Organisation
• Only General Aviation activities on site
• Flying time can be added to your training logbook
temp 4 seater
Based On 2 Reviews

Flying Lessons Salisbury

Old Sarum Airfield, Wiltshire

From £109.00

Flying Lessons Salisbury
• Learn the basics of flight in the air
• Fly from Old Sarum Airfield in Salisbury
• Wiltshire's only licence airfield
• A history of flight training since 1917
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Flying Lessons Sheffield

Netherthorpe Airfield, near Worksop

From £75.00

Flying Lessons Sheffield
• Trial flights out of Netherthorpe Airfield
• Two & four seater Cessna aircraft available
• Choose between a 30 or 60-minute flight
• Easy access North Notts, NE Derbyshire & S.Yorks
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Flying Lessons Snowdonia

Llanbedr Airfield, North West Wales

From £109.00

Flying Lessons Snowdonia
• Flying lessons from Llanbedr Airfield near Harlech
• Fly in a low-wing 4-seat Robin DR400 sports plane
• Invite up to two guests to join you onboard
• Superb coast and Snowdonia views on these flights
cessna in air

Flying Lessons South Lincs

Fenland Airfield, Spalding

From £110.00

Flying Lessons South Lincs
• Flights from Fenland Airfield near Spalding, Lincs
• Variety of lessons including landaways available
• School uses a fleet of 2 and 4 seater Cessnas
• Excellent on-site facilities including clubhouse
White Piper Archer staffordshire
Based On 11 Reviews

Flying Lessons Staffordshire

Tatenhill Airfield, Burton-upon-Trent

From £95.00

Flying Lessons Staffordshire
• Trial flights from Tatenhill Airfield near Burton
• Base for maintenance, training & avionics companies
• Highly experienced team of instructor pilots
• Excellent flight line views for friends and family
Piper PA 38 flying
Based On 7 Reviews

Flying Lessons Swansea

Swansea Airport, Fairwood Common

From £109.00

Flying Lessons Swansea
• Fly at Swansea Airport, Fairwood Common
• Great aerial views of the Gower Peninsula
• Lots of flight paths possible
• Small & friendly Welsh flying school
sideways plane

Flying Lessons Lee-on-Solent

Solent Airfield, Fareham, Hampshire

From £110.00

Flying Lessons Lee-on-Solent
• Trial flying lessons out of Solent Airport
• Fly in a Cirrus SR20 four seater aircraft
• Possibility of up to 2 guests flying with you
• Choose between 30, 45 or 60-minute flights
Cornwall coastline from the air
Based On 29 Reviews

Flying Lessons Cornwall

Cornwall Airport, Newquay

From £120.00

Flying Lessons Newquay
• Fly from Newquay Cornwall Airport
• All planes used are dual-controlled
• See the likes of Mawgan Porth beaches
• Loads of flight times to choose from
EuroStar light sports aircaft
Based On 6 Reviews

Flying Lessons North Devon

Eaglescott Airfield, Umberleigh

Special Offer From £99.00

Flying Lessons North Devon
• Flying at Eaglescott Airfield in Devon
• Just 5 miles inland from the coast
• Learn to fly in unrestricted airspace
• Flights operate spring to autumn
White and red plane
Based On 4 Reviews

Flying Lessons Warwickshire

Wellesbourne Mountfield Airfield

From £99.00

Flying Lessons Warwickshire
• Try flying at Wellesbourne Mountford nr Stratford
• Perfect choice for learning in un-congested skies
• Post-flight debrief & certificate included
• Clubhouse & cafe ideal base for viewing the action
microlight flight
Based On 1 Review

Light Sport Flying London

Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Essex

From £199.00

Light Sport Flying London
• Discover the delights of light sport aviation
• Flying out of Damyn's Hall on the edge of Essex
• Take off in Flight Design's renowned CT plane
• Good choice of itineraries offered inc landaways
Piper Cub Shoreham
Based On 3 Reviews

Piper Cub Flights

Shoreham Airfield, West Sussex

From £95.00

Piper Cub Flight Brighton
• Grass roots style flying in the Piper Cub
• Fly out of Shoreham Airfield in West Sussex
• Plane is the military L18C Supercub version
• Your chance to fly a vintage tailwheel aircraft
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Aeroplane Landing Challenge Coventry

Coventry Airport, West Midlands

From £149.00

Aeroplane Landing Challenge Coventry
• Your chance to fly and land a light aircraft
• Experiences available for one or two people
• Includes simulator training before the flight
• Execute your very first landing for real!
wings and cloud

Flying Lessons Aberdeen

Longside Airfield, near Peterhead

From £235.00

Flying Lessons Aberdeen
• Trial lessons out of Longside Airfield near Aberdeen
• A small & friendly training school with stunning views
• Fly with an experienced flying instructor/examiner
• Invite up to 2 interested observers to join you onboard
Piper PA28
Based On 8 Reviews

Flying Lessons Essex

Clacton Airfield, Essex

From £99.00

Flying Lessons Essex
• Fly out of family-run Clacton Airfield
• Stunning coastal views of Clacton on Sea
• School has offered lessons since 1988
• Various 2 or 4 seater flights available
black Cessna 152
Based On 5 Reviews

Flying Lessons Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire Airport, Staverton

From £109.00

Flying Lessons Gloucestershire
• Fly from Gloucestershire Airport
• Aerial adventures over glorious Gloucs countryside
• Airport handles over 90,000 movements each year
• Aviator restaurant - food and views for spectators
black Piper Cherokee
Based On 13 Reviews

Flying Lessons Northamptonshire

Turweston Aerodrome, Brackley

From £89.00

Flying Lessons Northamptonshire
• Trial flights at Turweston Aerodrome nr Brackley
• Flight school manages and operates the airfield
• Minimum age for flying is 14 years old
• Bring a camera - capture aerial views of Northants
multiple planes

Flying Lessons Peterborough

Sibson Aerodrome

From £105.00

Flying Lessons Peterborough
• Fly out of Sibson Airfield
• All flights are treated as lessons
• You take control - if you want to
• CAA approved centre training
smiling woman on flying lesson
Based On 49 Reviews

Lessons Beverley Airfield

Beverley Airfield, East Yorkshire

From £95.00

Flying Lessons Yorkshire
• Fly out of Beverley (Linley) airfield near Leven
• The aeroclub owns and runs this airfield
• Enjoy a bird's eye view of the Yorkshire Wolds
• A full range of flight options including landaways
 
 

Should I buy this experience?

Who it's for

A trial flying lesson is so much different to being a passenger on your typical commercial airliner flight. You're in the cockpit of a light aircraft sitting next to your flight instructor and the whole experience is treated like a first flying lesson for anyone undertaking training for their private pilot licence (PPL). It gives you a real, hands-on insight into flying a plane and we recommend it to anyone!

Who it's not for

If you really don't fancy the idea of learning how to fly, but do like the idea of getting airborne in a light aircraft and going a bit of a tour, have a browse of our range of sightseeing flights. You get to go up in a light aircraft or helicopter and see some amazing sights from the air.

Flying lesson FAQs

Isn't learning to fly really expensive?

Yes it is. It takes time, commitment and money to get your Private Pilots Licence, which is why we offer these trial flying lessons. They give you the chance to see what learning to fly is all about, before committing to a costly flight training course. But don't worry if you have no intention of going for your pilot's licence, these lessons are ideal as one-off taster experiences too.

Do you pay per hour for these flight lessons?

When you enrol at a flight training organisation you do pay per hour, but on our website the prices are for the experience, which can vary from a 20-minute flight, to a full day with multiple flights included. This way of pricing gives you loads more choice, with something to suit every budget.

I don't want to be a pilot but fancy having a go. Is a trial lesson for me?

Yes, definitely. All lessons are on a one-to-one basis and tailored to you, whether you've never even stepped inside a light aircraft before, or already have some experience.

Will I get to have a go at actually flying the plane myself?

Yes! If you're up for it your instructor pilot will, at some point during the lesson, hand the controls to you, so it will actually be you flying. And believe us, the first time you do this it'll be a real moment. No-one forgets the first time they flew a plane.

What does 'straight and level' mean in flying?

This is what happens once take-off has been completed and you've climbed to your desired cruising height. It's also when your pilot is going to hand you the controls, as you'll be flying straight and not climbing or descending. Having said that, keeping the aeroplane flying straight and level is not as easy as it looks!

Will I be doing the take off and landing?

No, your instructor pilot will undertake the take off and landings. As you can imagine, this is a highly skilled part of flying!

You offer 'landaway' experiences.' What are they?

A 'landaway' experience is where you take off from your base airfield, fly cross country to another one, land, have a cup of tea in the clubhouse (an essential part!) and then take off again to fly back to base. The great thing about landaways is that they give you double the take offs and landings.

Is a trial lesson a good place to start if I want to get my pilot's licence?

Yes it is. The trial lesson is undertaken just as your first lesson at pilot school would be. It also gives you a real insight into what it's all about and your instructor will be only too willing to explain what learning to fly involves and how you go about it.

I've read that flight times are 'chock to chock' what does that mean?

That's right. Flight times quoted chock to chock means from the moment you climb into the aircraft and start the engine, to the moment you stop and the engine's off, not just the time you are in the air.

What actually happens on a trial flying lesson?

After meeting your instructor and having a safety briefing, you'll head out to the plane on for pre-flight checks. After start up (at this point you'll understand why you're wearing an intercom headset - it can be pretty noisy in these small planes), it's time to taxi to the runway. Once the delicate matter of taking off has been completed and you're out of your initial climb, it's your chance to shine on these flying lessons. As you utter those immortal words 'I have control' it will be you handling the plane. After that control goes back to your instructor and you start your approach, then land back at base.

How do you fly a plane?

You'll get an insight into this during your pre-flight checks. This is when you verify that pulling back on the stick pushes the elevators up (and the plane into a climb) and inversely, pushing forwards forces the elevators down causing you to descend. Then check the pedals at your feet control the rudder, which helps you turn. And then a check that moving the stick left or right lifts the ailerons left or right for you to make your turn.

Does the time count towards pilot licence training?

Yes it does. If you continue flight training, the time spent on these trial flying lessons can be added to your pilot's log book.

What sort of aircraft will I flying in?

The most popular light aircraft trainer is a Cessna 152. This, like the also popular Piper Tomahawk, is a two seater trainer. Some schools also offer flights in four seater light aircraft such as the Piper PA28 or the Cessna 172. For full details on aircraft in the fleet, please refer to each individual product page.

Who will be with me on the flight?

You will be sitting alongside your pilot flight instructor who will be fully qualified for pilot training. The planes used for trial lessons are all side-by-side configuration, so you can see what each other is doing.

Can passengers comes with me?

If you book a lesson in a four-seater aeroplane and the instructor agrees, you can invite one person to join you as a rear passenger.

Can anyone take flying lessons?

In essence yes. There are requirements such as minimum age (often around 14 years), maximum weight (between 14 for two seater planes and 16 stone for four seaters) and maximum height of around 6ft 4" and minimum height of 4ft 6". If you need any more info on requirements, don't hesitate to call us, use the online chat or email us.

Do I need a medical for these experiences?

No. If you have any doubt about whether you should fly with any medical conditions or any other issues, please get in touch.

What sort of airfields do you use?

We use flying schools based everywhere from small, private general aviation airfields, to ones that fly out of international airports. You can be flying in restricted air space with strict air traffic control protocols, or free to fly circuits in unrestricted areas.

Where will I be flying to on my lesson?

In general, you will stay within the vicinity of the airfield, especially on shorter flights. You'll be surprised at how far you can cover in an hour's flight though. And depending on where you chose, you might well be treated to some lovely views over coastlines, countryside or well-known landmarks as an added bonus to your lesson.

Can spectators watch from the ground?

Yes. Most flying clubs offer a clubhouse or cafe on site, with usually a terrace area overlooking the apron or the runway. That means you can watch the take off and landings from a safe distance and have a nice cuppa whilst they are flying overhead.

Is Into The Blue a flying lesson specialist

Well, yes, without blowing our own trumpet, we started off with flying lessons and they have remained a major focus ever since. We're based at Biggin Hill Airport in Kent, borne out of the days of the Biggin Hill Air Shows, which took the skies by storm and were much-loved by aviation fans. We're still just as passionate about flying and put all that energy into bringing you flying lessons and all sorts of other experiences too.

Where can I get a trial flying lesson near me?

Amongst all the activity gift voucher websites, we've got the widest range of trial flying lessons. Working with flying schools and clubs the length and breadth of the country there's bound to be an airfield offering flying lessons near you. Locations include:
  • Biggin Hill
  • Liverpool
  • Redhill
  • Coventry
  • Shoreham
  • Birmingham
  • Durham Tees
  • Staverton
  • Duxford
  • Glasgow
  • Newquay
  • Turweston
  • Shoreham
  • South Wales
  • County Durham
  • Oxfordshire
  • Prestwick

Ready to get your flying stripes? Book your trial flying lesson at an airfield near you now!

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