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Plane Flying Lessons

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FAQs

Q: Me? Up in the air like a common magpie or wren?
A: That is generally the idea.
Q: But doesn’t that go against all aspects of established nature?
A: If you were unassisted, then yes, absolutely. We would insist you were burned as a warlock or similar. But this is inside a plane! A small plane! That you get to finagle in some way!
Q: Like that time I tried to overpower the pilot on that flight to Minorca after I’d accidentally drunk all that duty free aftershave?
A: No, not in any way. This is instruction in aircraft control, delivered by an expert pilot who has years of experience and hundreds of hours of flying under their belts.
Q: How can all this work?
A: It depends on the lesson you choose to take, but usually you’ll be briefed on the basics of safety and control when on the ground, then once in the plane, you’ll be shown how the controls work and then you’ll have a go (if you feel up to it). They are dual controlled, so you’ll be completely safe.
Q: And if I wish to take this further?
A: If this ignites a sudden love for flying, then the hours spent flying on some of our experiences will count towards the hours needed to achieve your pilot’s licence.
Q: To what degree will I be up there?
A: There are lessons to suit all time constraints and budgets, from 15 minute jaunts to several lessons spread over a number of hours.
Q: And I presume this will be some form of Jumbo or Harrier?
A: No, this will be in some form of light aircraft specially designed to train pilots.
Q: How many busses will I have to take to get there?
A: All depends on where you are and where you are going. There are locations all over the UK, so hopefully there should be one near you. Unless you live somewhere weird.
Q: Is size important?
A: Ah, that old chestnut. There may be some height and weight restrictions connected to your experience, so check the small print on the page when selecting. If you are under 18, there may be some age restrictions or you may need to have parental permission or bring an adult along. Again check the details when ordering. Also let us know of any medical conditions that may affect your experience. If you have any thoughts, worries or colourful limericks you wish to share, then contact us or your supplier.

Fun Facts

  • 1. The first person to fly solo around the world was Wiley Post taking off on June 23, 1931 and touching back down eight days, 15 hours and 51 minutes later. Think of all the batteries he must have used in his portable DVD player to keep himself entertained.
  • 2. According to airline staff, diet cola is the hardest beverage to pour in the skies, as the fizz and the high altitude make it more difficult to settle. So I’ll assume that’s why they all hide in the back of the plane for practically all the flight, no matter how much I shout and repeatedly press my call button.
  • 3. The air coming out of the back of a jet engine is about 500 degrees centigrade and this causes the trails often seen in the sky. I don’t know why they don’t spell things out, they could advertise special offers and so forth. Missing a trick there.
  • 4. Each year, there are almost 10 million commercial flights in the US alone. And I imagine that every single one has something nasty waiting for you in that seat pocket in front of you.
  • 5. The X-43A Scramjet can reach a speed of more than 7,000 miles per hour, nine times faster than the speed of sound. If only Wile E. Coyote had one of those, that Roadrunner would have been dealt with years ago.
  • 6. There are about 50 different species of flying squirrel that can be found all around the world. They don’t fly but glide using a furry membrane called patagia. The same effect cannot be achieved using clingfilm under the arms, I can tell you that from personal, painful experience.
  • 7. Baroness Raymonde De Laroche was the first woman to receive a pilot's license, and also set the women's altitude record of 15,700 feet in 1919. And she achieve all this while having the first name ‘Raymonde’ which couldn’t have been easy.
  • 8. Michel Lotito holds the record for the largest airplane eaten, yes eaten, in the 1990’s, when he spent two years devouring an entire Cessna 150. Feel free to make your own ‘airplane food’ joke at this juncture.
  • 9. The first flight attendant was a man, Heinrich Kubis, in 1912. The first female flight attendant was a nurse, Ellen Church, who was hired in 1930. She was so good, that she started a trend of hiring female nurses to work on airplanes, and they completely replaced men by 1936. Now we just await the first robot flight attendant. That will be a great day for aviation.
  • 10. In 1909 Glenn Martin singlehandedly taught himself how to fly using his very own aeroplane, becoming the third person in the US to do so. I don’t know what happened to the first two, but, y’know, homemade plane/taught themselves to fly: you do the maths.