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Flying Lessons: Everything you need to know

Learning to fly an actual plane is no longer the reserve of the rich and famous. With these flying lessons, you can enjoy a taster session without stumping up thousands of pounds.

Hop into your aircraft with a fully qualified instructor, then have a go at flying the plane if your instructor feels you’re ready to have a bash. If you prefer, you can just lounge around in the cockpit and enjoy the view. Lazy bones.

Flying lessons are open to all, with the 30 minute introductory session being available to anyone from age 12 and up: great if your budding pilot wants to get a head-start on his or her peers. More serene flying experiences are available too: anyone 13 or over can try piloting a glider with four Winch Launch sessions over the course of one day.

It’s great value for money, and a truly unique way to take to the skies. The more adventurous pilot will love having a go at flying an aerobatic plane, or mastering the controls of a helicopter during a 30min flight. Helicopter sessions are suitable for anyone 14 or over, while exciting aerobatic flights carry no age restrictions at all!

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Q: Oh yeah, took one of them to Magaluf, great big thing with toilets up one end…
A: That’s where you are wrong, we are talking about small, delicate flying machines that take just a handful of people. Craft such as the PA28 Warrior, Cessna 172 or similar.
Q: So I go up and look at things?
A: We have a number of breathtaking tours over places such as London, Hadrian’s Wall and the Lake District. But if you are thinking of taking up flying as a hobby or have just always fancied taking the controls of an aircraft, we have a number of lessons and experience days on offer also.
Q: What?
A: Yes, that’s right. We have flying lessons of varying durations and levels of experience. From 20 minutes to an hour and beyond, you can learn the basics of flying. With some experiences, the time spent in the air will count towards your pilot’s licence.
Q: By who?
A: All our pilots are highly trained CAA Licensed Flight Instructors and the aircraft are dual controlled to ensure maximum safety and instil the most confidence as you embark.
Q: What if there are clouds?
A: There probably will be clouds, that shouldn’t be a problem. However, we strongly suggest (almost to the point of using swears) that you check with your supplier on the day of your experience, to make sure everything is tickity-boo weather wise. If it isn’t, we’ll rebook you good and proper.
Q: I am both 8 feet tall and 8 years old. Should I?
A: There may be some age, weight and height restrictions connected to you experience, depending on where you go and what you do, so check the small print before you book and ask either us or your supplier.
Q: And I tend to do that wild lashing out thing whenever I see a seatbelt, will this stifle me?
A: It could, do let us know of any relevant medical conditions before you book. Again, if you’re not sure, all you have to do is ask.

Fun Facts

  • 1. A light aircraft is a machine that has a maximum gross take-off weight of 12,500 lb, that’s the equivalent of 12,500 bags of spelt, if they each weigh 1lb.
  • 2. Clyde Cessna, a farmer from Rago, Kansas, created the Cessna aircraft company in 1927. Cessna eventually sold the company to his nephews and returned to farming, occasionally participating in the company’s ceremonial events. Or Cessna-monial events, as they were never known.
  • 3. The Piper Aircraft company also formed in 1927, and to date has produced around 144,000 aircraft, of which 90,000 are still flying. Not all at the same time, that would be ridiculous.
  • 4. Though we don’t yet offer an experience involving one, the most expensive light aircraft ever made could be the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, an American military aircraft that costs over $160 million to build with the total cost of the programme costing $397 billion. And I bet you still have to pay extra for headphones.
  • 5. The first flight by a hydroplane that took off and landed on water was made by the French engineer Henri Fabre in 1910, in a craft nicknamed ‘the duck’. I have no idea why.
  • 6. The Wright brothers made the first powered airplane flights on December 17, 1903 at the Kill Devil Hills. Personally I would have picked a spot that didn’t have a name synonymous with disaster, but that’s just me.
  • 7. Quite a few planes have claimed to be the fastest propeller driven craft, but the record is held by Ivan Soukhomline who flew a Tupolev Tu-114 at 541MPH in 1960, however this was several years before the television series ‘Record Breakers’ began so I consider his achievement completely pointless.
  • 8. The first human-powered passenger aircraft flight occurred in 1984 when Holger Rochelt carried his sister Katrin in Musculair 1 craft. I don’t know if they were known as ‘The Carpenters of Civil Aviation’ but I certainly hope so.