Your experience starts with an expert on-ground briefing about flying techniques and safety. Then you begin your flight in a dual-controlled two or four-seater training plane with a fully qualified pilot. At the pilot's discretion you can take the controls and pilot the aircraft under expert supervision during your flight.
Restrictions vary according to venue. As a guide the min age for unaccompanied children is 12-16, min height 4', max 6' to 6'6'' and max weight 14-18 stone. Some centres require you produce name and address/photo id on the day for security reasons.
As with all flying experiences you will need to call a weather check line on the day before, or on the morning of your flight. If the weather is unsuitable then you can reschedule your flight for another time.
Your experience will last for approximately 80 minutes, including your 60 minute flight. All flight times are approximate and are the chocks-off to chocks-on duration.
Your briefing is maybe shared; your flight will be held one a one-to-one basis with the instructor.
Spectators are welcome to watch you take off and land. At some venues you can also take a passenger along for the ride.
Dress comfortably and wear flat-soled shoes. Bring sun block in summer. Sunglasses are recommended all year round.
Most centres operate seven days a week all year round. Please note that weekends are particularly busy and should be booked at least four weeks in advance. Flights during winter months are generally run earlier in the day during daylight hours.
Essex, Glasgow, Sussex, Kent, Bedfordshire, Wiltshire, Devon, Hampshire, Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Surrey, East Yorkshire, Cheshire, South Wales, Kent, Middlesex, Shropshire, Gloucestershire, Peterborough, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Warwickshire, Lancashire
Your flying time can count towards a Private Pilot's Licence (PPL). To qualify for a PPL you need 35 hours of dual control and 10 hours solo flying. If you have ever wanted to be a pilot, this is a great way to get started.