- Perfect for your first taste of flying
- Flying schools all over the country
- Spend 15-20 minutes in the aeroplane
- £55 per person
If you've never flown in a private plane before, then how about a 15 – 20 minute taster flight at a flying school near you?
Each school we use is CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) approved and each session starts with a safety briefing and demonstration of the controls. Your instructor will remain with you for the duration of your flying time, navigating take-off and landing, as well as giving you guidance during your time as captain.
All lessons take place in a two-seater light aircraft, possibly a Cessna 152 or a Piper or, at some schools, a powered glider.
You'll be doing some high-altitude sightseeing at the start and end of the flight, when the instructor will be in charge but, once you’re at cruising altitude, it’s your turn to take the controls and really get a feel for what flying is all about.
Each school tailors an individual flying experience, so you could take wing over an iconic landmark, an area of beautiful countryside, or even potentially negotiate a flight over your house. Some schools also present you with a certificate to recognise your aerial achievement at the end of your flying experience.
- Taster flights last 15 – 20 minutes, from when the aircraft starts to taxi to when it switches off at the end of the experience
- You will have a briefing before you fly
- Some flying schools will also include a personalised certificate
- Note: Two-seater flights in Oxfordshire and Stratford-upon-Avon are in a powered glider and, if conditions allow, part of the flight will include a demonstration of the gliding characteristics of the aircraft
Who is the experience suitable for?A
• Minimum age is 14 years old
• Minimum height is 4'6", maximum 6'4"
• Maximum weight of 14 stone
• You will need to provide two forms of identity including a photo id, e.g. a passport, prior to their flying school lesson
When can I do this?A
• Weekdays and weekends throughout the year
• Trial flying lessons are dependent on favourable weather conditions
• Although time slots are allocated please be aware that aircraft lessons are subject to a number of factors which may potentially cause delay to your scheduled time. Whilst every effort will be made to help keep you on time we ask for a degree of latitude owing to the nature of flying, air traffic delays and weather considerations
Where can I do this?A
• Lincoln, Langworth
• Lincolnshire, Grantham*
• Oxfordshire, Chipping Norton
• Oxfordshire, Bicester*
• Midlands, Coventry Airport
• Stratford-upon-Avon, Long Marston Airfield*
* The flights at Bicester and Long Marston use a powered glider aircraft and the Grantham venue uses a modern lightweight2 seater aircraft technically classified as a microlight
How long should I allow for this experience?A
Taster flights last 15 to 20 minutes.
Can I bring spectators?A
• Friends and family are welcome to come to watch the aircraft taking off and landing from the school clubhouse or welcome area.
• Different levels of facilities are offered, however most schools have a clubhouse providing toilets, viewing areas and refreshments.
How does this work?A
All you have to do is pay for the experience and we’ll send a voucher through the post, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.
What about insurance?A
The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.