Getting Started - Flying Training

For over 27 years we’ve been teaching people to fly from our unrivalled hilltop spot. With a team of professional flight instructors we help you achieve your aims – whether flying for fun or taking your first steps in an aviation career. Getting started is easier than you think; have a look below for our tips and the way forward...

What do I do first?
We suggest you have an 'Experience Flight'. This is a one off lesson that will count towards your licence - but you don't have to join the flying club. You can buy them and find out more here. If you are sure that getting your licence is the thing for you then just join up as a member and get flying!

Which licence is best for me? 
If you want a career in aviation you should go for the EASA PPL. This will enable you to do further training whether commercial, instrument or night for example. If you just want to fly for fun then its down to personal preference - you might want to train for the LAPL (Light Aircraft Pilots Licence) or the NPPL(M) (Microlight Licence). It might be a good idea to have a half hour flight in both the microlight (Ikarus C42) and the larger aircraft (PA28 Warrior) - and see which suits you best. You can see the different aircraft here. We also offer  the Chipmunk for flying training if you prefer the vintage style. Or just come up and we'll show you around the aircraft and have a chat about options. It is advisable to email to arrange a time for this. 

Are there any age or health restrictions? 
You can log flying hours from 14, go solo at 16 and apply for your licence at 17 years of age. As an upper age limit guide most insurers consider 80 a cut-off point for flying on your own, although instructional flights are fine and there are exceptions on a case by case basis. Any health concerns should be discussed with your GP - and we will point you in the right direction for the specific medical you need to get during your course. 

What timescale am I looking at? 
You can complete your flying training in as little as six weeks - but the average (taking in to account some weather delays and your availability) is about a year. This is an achievable aim as it strikes a good balance between progress and enjoyment. You can take longer if you like - time restrictions only come in to play once you take your first written exam. 

How should I budget?
At Compton most people pay for each flight on a pay as you go basis. We do however have courses that can be paid for in advance and therefore give you a lower hourly rate as well as including your exams - whichever suits you. You can find all the prices here

Experience Flights