Our students are our priority, and our aim is to train you towards a high level of competence and airmanship, in a time frame that suits you, in an open and friendly environment
What we offer
• full training to CAA approved syllabus to attain National Private Pilot's License (Microlight)
• Full time instructor with 21 years of experience and more than 3000+ hours on a range of different aircraft
• Ground School
• Six day per week flying, including Saturdays and Sundays
• Flying courses and booking times to suit your schedule - including evenings and weekends, and intensive courses.
• Advice and support on buying machines and equipment
• Discounts when you book a flying course - 10 hours for the price of 9 or 10% off.
Flight training will start with an introductory flight so that the student can develop a feel for the unusual sensation of flying, before sitting in the front seat where the process of learning continues. The instructor sits behind the student and the first basic exercises are covered so that the student can learn to control the aircraft his/herself. Typically 10-15 hours will be needed before the student can be sufficiently progressed to go for the first ‘solo’ flight - a milestone in any student’s career. After solo is achieved the student can progress with building solo time in and out of the circuit, and more advanced exercises including emergency procedures.
Learning to fly takes as long as required to get to a level where you can go for the GST, General Skills Test. Flight training will include developing navigation skills, ie. the art of flying reasonable distances away from the airfield without getting lost. And most importantly of all, the student needs to develop the art of good landings, and as we say: 'good airmanship.'
Each student is different and the rate of learning will depend as much on the student's ability to keep coming to fly as on any 'inate ability.' The more regularly you take lessons, the faster you learn. Gaps of 2 -3 weeks between lessons will lengthen the time it takes to learn. Twice a week is ideal. As a rough guide, around 30hrs is typical to complete the flying course for the "average student."
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR OBTAINING YOUR NATIONAL PRIVATE PILOT LICENSE (NPPL):
A minimum of 25 hours is needed to attain the unrestricted National Private Pilot's License (microlight). This includes 10 hours flying solo and 15 hours dual flying with an instructor. Two qualifying cross country flights are required with 2 out-landings of greater than 25nm from the point of departure. However, 25 hours is a minimum and there is no guarantee that a license will be gained in this amount of time. It is quite possible to take 5, 10 or even 15 hours longer depending on the individual.
BUYING YOUR OWN MACHINE:
We would recommend you get your license before purchasing an aircraft, as the experience gained during your training will put you in a much better position to make the right decision. We will always be happy to advise on purchasing an aircraft, as it can be daunting for a novice.
Old machines can be bought for as little as £2000, but be warned - you will get what you pay for! A second hand Quantum with a two stroke engine will costs around £7-8k, or a four stroke equivalent £12-13k.
A new flex-wing will cost anything from £24k.
Learn-to-Fly is an approved P&M agent, so if you are in the South East, we can supply one at a favourable price. Contact us for more information, or visit P&M's website: www.pmaviation.co.uk
THE COST OF LEARNING :
To train for NPPL, you should anticipate a cost of around £2500 - £3000 to cover your flying lessons, flight training, ground school and exams.
Our Prices 2009
• 20 minute intro flight: £65
• 30 minute intro flight: £75
• 60 minutes flight training: £105
• 10 hours flight training for the price of 9!