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How do I organise a trial flight?

Go to 'I want to fly' and fill out the form.

Do you charge for trial flights?

A charge of £60 is made for individual trial lessons.

How do I pay?

We ask that trial flights are paid in advance, using Credit/Debit card or cheque. Applicants will be sent a form to complete with their details.

Please note that we are currently unable to accept American Express.

Will my size or shape be an issue?

If you are heavier than 17 stones (250lb or 115kg) you will not be able to fly our Piper PA28 training aircraft. If you are heavier than this please contact us, as it may still be possible to use our PA32 aircraft which has more loading flexibility. Tall people (over 6'4"/193cm), small people (under 5'/152cm) or those with an unusual body shape are also advised to contact us prior to flying, to ensure that suitable arrangements are in place.

While every effort will be made to ensure that you fly, it may prove to be unsafe, in which case your flight will not take place. The best way in many cases is to come along and actually try the aeroplane out for size.

Can my friend/partner/carer fly with me?

PA28 & PA32: It is usually possible for another passenger to come too - sometimes two - though this can depend on the combined weight of all onboard, and the weight of fuel in the tanks. With safety always the first consideration, your instructor will advise.

Tecnam P2002JF (when available): No, sorry, this aircraft has only two seats.

Is there suitable accommodation nearby?

All of the airfields we operate from have hotel and guest house accommodation within a reasonable distance by car or taxi. The internet is the easiest way to find somewhere properly suited to your particular needs.

Will there be help available?

The instructors are very experienced, and normally able to manage without further assistance. Do make sure you tell us in advance about any special access requirements you may have, or if you are worried that your size may make it difficult for you. Volunteer help can be arranged if necessary.

What should I wear?

Airfields can be surprisingly breezy, especially in winter, so come dressed with the weather in mind. Trousers can catch on the non-slip wing surfaces when you are getting in and out, so it's best to avoid wearing elasticated waist trousers like joggers or tracksuit bottoms. Footwear is particularly important, as you can only step on certain parts of the aircraft. Do not wear high or narrow heels - comfy shoes/trainers are best. Before and after the flight, a warm jacket may help if you are sitting outside watching airfield activity.

What should I bring?

Your mobile phone in case your instructor needs to get in touch prior to the flight. A camera is a must. It's best to have a zipped pocket to stow these and other loose items in, as they can easily get in the way of flying controls if dropped. This is particularly important in the Bulldog if you are doing aerobatics.

Are food and drinks available at the airfields?

Refreshments are available at all locations.

What if I feel unwell during the flight?

Tell your instructor straight away. If you are prone to feeling car sick, let them know in advance.

Will I be able to fly over my house?

This depends on the route planned by your instructor, and is also subject to controlled airspace restrictions, so may not be possible.

What if the weather is bad?

Our instructors like to ensure that trial flights are only undertaken in calm and enjoyable conditions. Remember that weather forecasts are not guarantees of good or bad weather, and that conditions can sometimes change quite quickly - for better or worse. Follow your instructor's advice, and please don't be too upset if a flight has to be cancelled. Safety first!

Will my disability prevent me from gaining a licence?

Many disabling conditions are no barrier to getting your licence. Others, or sometimes the drugs used to control them, may not allow you to. Have a look in the knowledge zone, ask your instructor, or e-mail us for advice. Ultimately, the answer may have to come from a UK CAA approved Aeromedical Examiner (AME).

How much will it cost to get a licence?

"How long is a piece of string?"... The cost is directly related to the number of lessons you will need - which in turn is related to how talented (and how lucky) you are, what period of time the lessons are taken in, and how much effort and dedication you are prepared to bring to the learning process. Take a trial lesson first, and discuss this with your instructor - and bring some string...