Ian MacAdam (Chief Flying Instructor)
Ian established Learn-to-Fly.co.uk as an independent flying school in 2002. Ian has been flying hang gliders and microlights since 1987. In 1992 he started flying light aircraft and went to America to obtain his commercial pilot's license (CPL), where he became type rated on twin engine aircraft and seemed destined for a career as an airline pilot.
However, adventure got the better of him and he went to Africa in 1993 to establish Batoka Sky, the microlighting company that offers pleasure flights over the Victoria Falls. The company is still going strong to this day! Ian returned from Zambia in 1996 to experiment with more conventional lines of work whilst remaining an active hang glider and microlight pilot.
In 2002 Ian decided that a nine to five job wasn't for him, so he returned to the world of microlight instruction with fresh enthusiasm. Ian has always maintained his passion for hang gliding, and wanted to show people what it is like to soar above the countryside in a tandem hang glider, so in 2005 he bought the ATOS VX and started the South East’s first BHPA approved Air Experience School.
Anna Cullum (Sales and Finance)
Anna left a career as a retail manager to apply her customer service skills and business know-how to the world of flying. While Anna had never been in a light aircraft prior to meeting Ian, she has been now been in the back seat of the microlight more times than she can remember - and in the front a few times too! She has also had a couple of spins in the hang glider, so can tell you what to expect! Anna will be managing your booking and meeting and greeting you on the day of your flight
Ian and Anna are very glad to have some helpers...
Gary Barrell (Tug Pilot): Gary was one of the fastest Learn to Fly students to attain his NPPL (M), and he's been a regular supporter of Learn to Fly and Damyn's Hall airfield ever since he qualified in 2009. His enthusiasm and generosity know no bounds and he is always happy to lend a hand.
Dave Henderson (Ground Crew): Dave's enthusiasm goes a long way in making the hang gliding operation a really enjoyable one. He has been up in our ATOS more often that anyone - apart from Ian! - so he really knows how to support the operation and make sure it goes smoothly.
Neil Stannard (Tug Pilot)
Neil is always glad to lend a hand on his days off from his job as transport policeman. He flies 3 axis microlights as well as flex-wing and frequently flies to us in his Skyranger. His other passion is large bikes and he's often down to see us on his latest machine.
Steve Smith (Tug Pilot):
Steve has hundreds of hours as a microlight pilot, as well as on Group A (light aircraft) and has also been an assistant flying instructor. He is always ready to jump on his motorbike to join us at the airfield.
So what is “Tugging”?
Tugging refers to the art of pulling up a glider or hang glider using another aircraft, in our case, a microlight. It is a skill in itself, and all tug pilots undertake training in order to become BHPA rated. They do it on a voluntary basis because they love the flying of course, but we’d like to express our appreciation for these guys. Without them, no hang gliding!
20 years flying experience
Closest airfield to Central London
6 days a week, weekends included
Learn at your own pace!
Committed to helping you get your license
6 days a week Tues-Sun
Often fly until sunset
Weekends / Bank Holidays included