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Learning to Fly: How to Start

There are many different types of recreational flying available in the UK. You might be surprised, but learning to fly is probably much easier than you’d expect.

First, you will need to get the Private Pilot licence. It allows you to fly a single-engine, propeller-driven aircraft, with passengers, in conditions where you can see the ground. You can also build on your licence by completing extra training, extending privileges to more aircrafts and operations (e.g. flying at night).

To get the licence you will need to start training in one of the CAA approved flight schools. Costs of the training vary depending on the aircraft and the location of your school (rural schools are usually cheaper), but approximately you can expect to spend around £8000 on the entire course. Keep in mind that you might need the additional lessons. Becoming a member of an aeroclub that allows using the aircraft for training can reduce costs further. Courses usually last between six months and one year, depending on how often you fly. Even if these prices are too much for your budget, you still don’t have to give up your dream. Instead, you can try your luck on one of the ever-more popular online gambling sites, such as Pinnacle sports. Plus, like flying, it’s a great way to experience thrill and excitement!

Here are some more tips to get you going:

  1. Visit some schools

Visiting schools should give you a good idea of the options available to you and help you decide if this is what you want. Seek advice from the staff, instructors and other school members, ask lots of questions and get a tour of the facilities and aircraft.

  1. Take a trial lesson

Trial lesson costs about £110 for a one-hour intro, depending on the flight school. It is a great idea to get a taste of flying before committing any significant time and money to it, to make sure that it is really for you.

  1. Choose an instructor

It is also important to have a good relationship with your instructor, as this will greatly influence the quality of your experience. Talk to a few different instructors when visiting the schools to decide which one you feel most comfortable with. Look for instructors who seem most competent and patient.

  1. Fly regularly

Try to get in the airplane as often as possible. Scheduling the next lesson before you leave the airport will make this easier for you. The more often you fly, the less time and money you need to spend on training.

  1. Medical

You should have a medical check before committing to a full training programme. You will need a medical certificate to get your pilot licence, but don’t worry. Mild problems with vision, a well-controlled asthma or high blood pressure and similar conditions are not going to stop you from getting a certificate.

Follow these few simple steps and you should be all set to embark on your flying adventure!