LEARN TO FLY -
FOR £95 PER HOUR!
Q: CAN ANYONE LEARN TO FLY?
A: Yes. Subject to meeting
the medical requirements (see below), there are no lower or upper
age limits. The only restrictions are that you cannot fly solo
until your 16th birthday and you cannot be granted a licence until
your 17th birthday.
Q: HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM SUITABLE FOR TRAINING?
A: We have never yet failed
to teach someone to fly! However, we recommend that you take an
introductory lesson before committing yourself to a complete course,
so you can see whether you like flying.
Q: HOW DOES A NATIONAL PRIVATE PILOT'S LICENCE (NPPL) DIFFER FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE PILOT'S LICENCE?
A: The NPPL was introduced
in 2003 as a cheaper alternative to the European licence. Please
see the NPPL website for more details.
Q: IS THERE A MEDICAL TEST AND CAN I WEAR GLASSES?
A: There is no medical test
as such. All you require is a certificate of fitness from your GP,
equivalent to the DVLA Group 2 professional driving medical
standards, before flying solo or carrying passengers. Again, please
see the NPPL website for more details. Glasses can be worn but we
recommend that you always carry a spare pair when flying.
Q: ARE THERE ANY EXAMS?
A: Yes, there are nine written exams (mostly in the form of multiple choice papers) plus a practical radio exam, but these really are nothing to worry about. Most trainee pilots find the subjects so interesting that they have no trouble at all absorbing the information and passing the exams. The exams will be spread over the period of your flying training so you do not feel too overloaded with everything. The nine written exam subjects are:
Human Performance and Limitations
Aircraft General Knowledge
Principles of Flight
Flight Performance and Planning
also see our Ground School page which
has details of how we can assist you in understanding these
Q: WILL I NEED ANY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT?
A: Yes. You will need an up
to date aeronautical map, an aeronautical ruler and protractor, a
flight computer/calculator for navigation planning and text books
for the exams. We can supply all of these and your instructor will
advise you on what to buy and when.
Q: SO HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
A: The cost of gaining your Licence is probably not as expensive as you might think ,especially if you compare it with other leisure activities such as skiing or golf. A minimum of 35 hours flying training is required, including the Navigation Skills Test flight and the General Skills Test flight which is taken right at the end of your training. Based on 35 hours training in the Venture, the total cost* will be in the region of £4,535, broken down as follows:
price can be reduced even further by booking (and paying in advance
for) 'block' hours.
As mentioned on our Home Page, glider pilots with the appropriate licence can obtain an NPPL-SLMG in only a few hours.
* All prices correct as at 1st February 2017
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