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Safety first

When we reply to your flight request, we'll send you some paperwork to download: a 'Fitness to Fly' declaration, and 'Trial Flight Registration Form'. Explanations below...

Fitness to fly

Flying in light aircraft is the most fun you can have sitting down. However, doing it is a little more exhilarating and demanding than just thinking about it, so you'll need to sign one of our 'Fitness to Fly' forms before you go up - either for yourself, or for a child or vulnerable adult in your care.

It's a simple declaration that you or they are indeed 'fit to fly', and so able to make the most of the experience.

Print it, sign and bring it with you to hand to your instructor prior to your flight.

Trial Flight Registration Form

This form is all about your safety, and includes a declaration that you have read and understood our Mandatory Safety Rules. Simple and sensible, you'll get a copy of these sent to you to download, print and sign when we reply. Preview below...

Mandatory Safety Rules

Your instructor will be a Civil Aviation Authority approved flying instructor. As well as looking after your safety, all our instructors are keen that you should enjoy your lesson.

Please note this is not classed as a passenger flight, but an instructional flight.

Flying light aircraft is one of the safest of the "adventurous aviation" sports - accidents, although they do happen, are extremely rare. It is important that you are aware that light aviation is an adventurous activity and therefore flying in a light aircraft is not as safe as flying in a commercial airliner.

Children and Vulnerable Adults

Children under the age of 18 or vulnerable adults will require a parent's or guardian's written consent, and if under 16 must be accompanied by a guardian or parent while at the airfield. There is no upper age limit. Children under the age of 12 may be able to fly at the discretion of the instructor conducting the lesson.

Sizes and Weights

If you are heavier than 17 stones (250lb or 115kg) you will not be able to fly our Piper PA28 aircraft. If you are heavier than this then please discuss this with us, as it may be possible to use our Piper 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 made. 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.

Alcohol

It is an offence for pilots, including students, to fly while over the prescribed limit for alcohol:

  • you must have consumed no alcohol in the 8 hours before your flight
  • you must not have consumed more than 5 units of alcohol in the 12 hours before your flight
  • you must not have consumed a substantial amount of alcohol during the 24 hours before your flight

It is against the law to undergo instruction in a light aircraft with an alcohol concentration in your blood exceeding 20 mg per 100 ml. This is one quarter of the drink drive limit. One drink will take you over this limit.

The Lesson

  • Your instructor is pilot in command, and you must obey their instructions
  • Do not touch, or do not let any of your party touch, any aircraft unless authorised
  • Stay away from aircraft propellers, as accidentally leaning on or touching the propeller could start the engine
  • You are not allowed to smoke near aircraft
  • Enter and leave the aircraft only when instructed. Your instructor will make sure it is safe for you to do so and will show you where you can safely put your hands and feet
  • In flight, do not touch any controls or switches until advised to do so. You will only be able to take control of the aircraft in flight under the guidance of your instructor
  • Flying is a lot of fun. After your flight ask your instructor the best way to continue your training