The first step in learning to fly is to take an hour out and try a flight, to see if you like it. Our trial flights are an ideal way to give it a go. The format is normally a short briefing on the ground, then take to the air for a 30 minute flight with one of our flying instructors, followed by a short debrief.
We teach both the EASA LAPL and PPL courses, there are slight differences between the licenses, these can be explained when you come for your trial lesson. Most students learn on the two seat Aero AT-3 however some students prefer the larger Cessna 172.
The medical requirements for learning to fly are slightly stricter than for driving a car, but contrary to popular belief, you don’t need perfect vision as many pilots wear glasses. It is a good idea to visit an CAA Aero Medical Examiner (AME) before committing to a complete flying course, the club can provide details of local AMEs.
Whilst there is no maximum age on learning to fly, students must be 14 years or older and cannot fly solo until their 16th birthday. It is not uncommon to find young pilots who can fly an aeroplane but can’t drive a car!
The absolute weight limits vary from aircraft to aircraft, but 16 stone/220 lbs/100 kg is the practical limit for the AT-3s; the C172 is a 3/4 seat tourer with a more generous weight limit.
Our instructors can teach extra skills once you have your licence such as flying at night, instrument flying, flying tail wheel aircraft and for those with a strong stomach, aerobatics.
When considering where to learn to fly, it is important to look for the hidden costs and landing fees can quickly add to the total cost of your flying. It is good to know that whilst learning to fly with Brooklands Flying Club all your landing fees here at Sywell are free.
Sywell Aerodrome in an awarding winning General Aviation airfield set in beautiful surroundings. We have 4 runways, one hard and three grass. Our main all-weather runway is concrete and fully lit for day and night operations. The aerodrome is FISO controlled and we have category III fire cover capabilities.
There is a fabulous 60 bedroom Art-Deco hotel on-site, with a fully licensed bar and restaurant. For a more casual dining experience, the Pilot’s Mess Café serves hot drinks and snacks.