Our Reviews

Alan Appleby
Alan Appleby
15:49 19 Nov 19
Really enjoyed a 30-minute aerobatic experience through Almat Flying Academy. Simon and Ben were super-organised on the booking and pre-flight briefing processes. Steve was a superbly capable pilot and made sure I felt ok after every one of the amazing aerobatic manoeuvres before moving on to the next. My favourite? The stall turn - the anticipation at the top and then the plummet straight down towards the ground - awesome! Thank you guys!
David Medcalf
David Medcalf
13:52 18 Nov 19
I was bought a lesson as a present an I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. On arrival the offices give a sense of confidence that this is a professionally run organisation. I was given a briefing which was suitably adapted to reflect my previous experience. Once in the plane I was able to control the taxi and have hands on during the take off. I then was in control until moments before landing. A great experience professionally delivered
Peter Butler
Peter Butler
18:26 09 Nov 19
Flew with Carmen in a fixed wing and in a Helicopter with Jason, what a fantastic time I had everyone at Almat were so professional they made my day just BRILLIANT, thanks to all at Almat.
Graham Sellars
Graham Sellars
06:56 17 Oct 19
Received a 30 Min Flying Lesson as a Birthday present and it took nearly a year to get round to redeeming it, but so glad I did, as it was a truly breath taking experience.Carmen was very friendly and informative during the initial briefing and while in the plane.I'm seriously considering going again... thank you.
Jonny Haynes
Jonny Haynes
22:51 12 Oct 19
Wow! What a brilliant experience! I was bought the extended flying lesson as a gift from my family and it certainly didn't disappoint. Started with a briefing in the classroom by Simon and although I didn't really know anything about the technicalities of flying this short briefing really helped to prime me for what was to come. Once out on the tarmac I was handed over to my instructor, Steve and we were soon underway. Nothing really beats that take off moment which was my first in a light aircraft. Weather was overcast with cloud layer at around 3000ft which we were soon above, making for another great dimension to the experience. Steve was great at explaining everything as he was going along (even if I didn't really understand some of it!) and I very quickly felt at ease. I was surprised/delighted at how immersive and hands on the experience was and it went so quickly! Once back on the ground I found myself discussing course options (which i hadn't planned to!) and finding more out about the academy, which Simon talked me through. All in all an experience I hope I don't ever forget! Thanks guys, might be seeing you again!
Komal Jain
Komal Jain
19:56 12 Oct 19
I did a 30 minutes trial Arial lesson on 12th October. Since I did it early morning 9am it was a great experience. The weather was perfect, the skies were clear and the instructor Steve Mason was really helpful. I also got my photographs clicked and printed during the entire experience for an additional of £15/-.
Steve Lindley
Steve Lindley
17:47 21 Sep 19
Had a lesson today, my second in 12 months. Todays instructor, Neil, took me up in a Cessna 152. Weather was gorgeous and I had control for most of the flight. Almat’s professionalism and attention to detail in all aspects, on the ground and in the air, was first class. Will certainly be back in the near future. Thanks guys.
Hazel Lunn
Hazel Lunn
19:45 20 Sep 19
Excellent flight experience on 19th September with our instructor Steve. Would recommend to anyone. A great day for myself and friend Jo plus our guest mascot - Norman. Thanks Almat.
John Sullivan
John Sullivan
13:52 04 Sep 19
Trusted Professionals Limited has been working with Almat Flying Academy for nearly 3 years on both a professional and personal basis within the aviation arena. Almat are professional with friendly staff willing to help in any way they can.Carmen and Steve are very knowledgeable pilots with a wealth of experience I would therefore have no hesitation in recommending Almat to anyone wishing to complete their PPL or even for pleasure flights.The only single negative I have is that sometimes the chocolate does run out but rest assured, the staff will do their best to deliver and indeed they do.
Richard Reed
Richard Reed
12:50 02 Sep 19
Great experience today flying with Carmen. It was my first time flying and she allowed me to have control pretty much the whole flight so I could get a real feel for flying. Will be looking to return soon. Thanks again 😊
Angela Clark
Angela Clark
12:58 30 Aug 19
We have booked several lessons for our Grandson Caden at Almat. The staff are amazing and so helpfull. Caden is only 13 years old and has learnt so much from flying with them and assisting him to reach his goal to become a pilot in the Air Force. Thanks to C Gardien his instructor yesterday, who gave us good feedback.
David Clarke
David Clarke
19:28 27 Aug 19
I was braught a 30 minute aerobatic experience for my birthday from my wife and daughter and all I can say was that it was amazing. It was super easy to book a time slot that suited me, when I arrived I was given a informative and thorough safety brief and my questions were all answered which put me at ease. When it came to flying I can't belive how hands on it was, my instructer Craig aloud me to control the plane and gave me the chance to take off, complete some manoeuvres and land. When up in the air Craig was brilliant, we did so many "tricks" Including loop to loop, barrel roll, stall turn plus many more. Thourally enjoyed this experience and would highly recommend it!
Christopher Bishop
Christopher Bishop
06:17 26 Aug 19
I recently re-qualified for my PPL with Almat. Steve Mason was my instructor. I found him and the team to be completely professional, encouraging and supportive throughout the whole process. The club is friendly with lots of regular activities taking place that you can be involved in as much or as little as you want to. I did a ‘fly-over’ for charity a few weeks ago and Steve was so keen to support in any way possible, especially given that the manoeuvres were unusual. I particularly like the direction the club is going in recently. For example, more social seating for visitors, positioned overlooking the apron to help enhance the experience for both new ‘flyers’ and experienced ones. It certainly adds an even better wow factor for my passengers! 🙂
Paul Ryder
Paul Ryder
15:03 24 Aug 19
Had an introduction to flying in a Cessna 172 - great experience - looked after well from start to finish the directions were spot on to find the place - use Google maps and it takes you to the door. The reception area was excellent with good facilities, very professional pilot and ground staff as well.
Jake
Jake
15:13 21 Aug 19
A wonderful place with outstanding staff! The people at Almat make it such a special flying school. I completed my PPL in the summer of 2017 and with the accomodation of the staff, especially Carmen, they enabled me to go from 2 hours flight time to passing my skills test in just 3 weeks and 2 days - if that doesn't show a dedicated team of instructors I'm not sure what does! I will be forever grateful to Almat and recommend anyone to take up a trial lesson with them.
Colin Childs
Colin Childs
10:22 21 Aug 19
Had a great aerobatics experience at Almat with Steve Mason, thanks. He talked me through all the manoeuvres and then let me take the controls to do a few myself. Exhilarating! The team at Almat are very welcoming and hospitable. I flew to Coventry in my microlight and they helped me out with a problem I had on my navigation device. On my previous visit, Simon even dropped us off at the local pub for lunch and collected us afterwards. Excellent service, thanks
Tahir Khattak
Tahir Khattak
05:38 21 Aug 19
Very friendly and helpful staff. Thanks to Craig for excellent flight experience. Would definitely recommend this Acadmey for pilot training and casual flight experience.
Alex Miles
Alex Miles
11:09 13 Aug 19
I started my PPL last year with Carmen Guardien at Almat and it has been brilliant . Learning to fly has been great fun and I’ve loved every second due to the amazing club feel and fleet that they offer. Definitely recommend!
Zara Duke
Zara Duke
13:59 12 Aug 19
I have just done an hour or aerobatics with an instructor called craig Bryan. What an amazing experience from beginning to end. I was made to feel welcomed and comfortable throughout and would recommend Almat academy to anyone that wants a thrilling experience.
Andrew Bartlam
Andrew Bartlam
08:36 12 Aug 19
Fabulous flying school! Just gone through a lot of changes: moving site and some organisational which have only made it better. The instruction for my PPL was just what I needed: professional, tailored to how I learn, patient and most of all encouraging (Carmen Gardien particularly so for getting me to go solo in my late 50s!!). The whole team is very friendly, the prices are great, and there is plenty of help and advice when you need it.
Chris Weaver
Chris Weaver
08:07 12 Aug 19
Really pleased with the direction Almat is going following the recent changes, they have focused on responding positively to feedback from club members and other customers. Great team of instructors making training fun while keeping it safe and professional. Benefits for club members are great, I have kept my membership here despite moving away from the area, can't beat the service provided for the price. Recently completed my Aerobatic training which was a fantastic experience, highly recommended!!
Anthony Michaelides
Anthony Michaelides
10:02 11 Aug 19
I first attended Almat for ground school to help with my exams over 18 months ago. I have since passed all of my exams and now am flying regularly with Carmen working towards my PPL. Carmen is a great instructor, she has the right amount of patience and encouragement when required. I have also flown with Steve on a few occasions who is also a great instructor. If you are looking to become a pilot or just one off experiences Almat Flying Academy are a great team. They regularly put on social events like BBQ's, days out flying and training courses and always make you feel very welcome. I thoroughly recommend Almat. A+!
Tony Godfrey
Tony Godfrey
09:19 09 Aug 19
I gained my PPL with AFA. The whole team we’re professional, well organised and always made time to support me in my flying. Carmen, who is now Head of Training, is a truly amazing flight instructor, along with her excellent team! Next on my ‘tick’ list is to fly aerobatics with Steve, another fabulous instructor. I would recommend AFA to anyone interested in learning to fly or just for a flight experience, it’s great fun and a wonderful day out!
Hasnain Mirza
Hasnain Mirza
19:56 08 Aug 19
I joined Almat in Jan 2018 and completed my PPL in Feb 2019 alongside studying for my degree course at University. I've now moved on to training for my commercial pilots license. Almat are one of the best in the business and have the best values for training, private hire and experience flights. The company has made and still making a huge amount of improvements. Almat has many opportunities which are not to be missed. Huge thank you to my instructors especially Carmen for supporting me through my PPL.
Phoebe Jenner
Phoebe Jenner
18:45 08 Aug 19
I have been flying with Almat for a while now and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Carmen is a great instructor, really encouraging and has just got me through all of my theory exams.Lovely staff and a warm atmosphere with great socials.
Karl Galloway
Karl Galloway
17:51 08 Aug 19
Started my PPL(A) with Almat early in 2018, and completed it a few weeks ago. The guys (and girls) at Almat are always friendly and accommodating. The quality/stability of the instruction at first was a bit hit and miss but that all changed when I settled into training with Carmen. The instructors I had early on have moved on and the ones there now are great. I would definitely recommend Almat, and would encourage anyone who’s thinking about learning to fly to pop in and have a chat.
Arpad Kulik
Arpad Kulik
16:20 08 Aug 19
I've done my PPL training with Almat and would recommend it to anyone at any level. All the instructors in their new line-up are very professional and share their passion with all individuals. I have to highlight Carmen whose enthusiasm is unrivalled. I love flying with her, she knows how to teach you the right techniques and she knows how to have fun! Private hire is probably the cheapest in England, rivalling non-equity groups, with the platinum membership. Super highly recommend!
bernie flatley
bernie flatley
16:09 08 Aug 19
As a lapsed ppl I decided to recently, revalidate. Returned to almat and flew with Carmen. Absolute delight, professional, patient and forgiving even when I showed total incompetency, bless her.Visited the new home which is light bright and comfortable and welcoming.Looking forward to flying with Carmen again when she returns from her holiday.
Andy Godfrey
Andy Godfrey
15:55 08 Aug 19
I have been studying for my PPL with Almat over the last few years. During my flight training with Carmen I have learnt a lot from her extensive knowledge and experience, similarly with ground school training she can make complex subjects easier to understand by relating them back to practical experiences. Theres a great social side to Almat also, if you're considering learning to fly I couldn't recommend them enough.
Emma Wilson
Emma Wilson
12:29 08 Aug 19
Excellent experience. Superb instructors/pilots (especially Steven!). All staff were very helpful and accommodating. I previously intensely disliked flying, now (thanks to Steven) I thoroughly enjoy it. Would recommend and will definitely return.
Sandie Absalom
Sandie Absalom
18:11 10 Jun 19
Performing training stunts over my house is not acceptable in terms of negligence and the constant noise is causing stress to those that live there. Perhaps fly over your own house and annoy your neighbours. Please stop
Heather Mcbreen
Heather Mcbreen
08:24 10 Jun 19
Persist in flying noisy stunts, ruining the peace and quiet, over and over again, on lovely spring and summer evenings and weekends. Have been asked to stop by Grandborough and Woolscott residents but have ignored us.
David James
David James
09:32 07 Mar 19
Paul B
Paul B
07:47 30 Oct 18
I attended Almat for flying lessons, whilst I found the general staff friendly, and overall I enjoyed my time there, the organisation was shocking and completely mismanaged and I finally gave up on them and my lessons. Rather than them sending me a final invoice, they sent nothing for 6 months and then sent debt collectors, but once I showed that no invoice had been sent and that the money they were trying to chase was incorrect it was settled at a much lower amount and without detriment to me
Arthur Bear
Arthur Bear
17:56 28 Sep 18
I was one of those who got their flying lesson voucher on their birthday. I was pretty excited and arranged a lesson with Almat. All I was supposed to get was some basic navigating bordering on boring. This has all changed when I've met my flying instructor. Now within the 30 minutes of our time he has turned me into a MAN! Who can boast that they've done a barrel roll, inside loop, inverted flying up to 4Gs on their first lesson?! My expectation of an ordinary experience has turned into the most amazing! And he has even made a video of it for me and gave a voucher for a pint in a nearby pub! Thank you, Almat Aviation!
ANA KUKREJA
ANA KUKREJA
04:51 04 Sep 18
Worst customer experience I have ever had in my life. Incompetent and lazy sods. And the new management seems worse than the old one.
Andy Robinson
Andy Robinson
21:35 21 Jul 18
Stephen Penn
Stephen Penn
19:15 24 Jun 18
Thank you craig for a fantastic experience
Ray Dyke
Ray Dyke
13:33 27 Apr 18
Friendly staff and security, wasn't a good day to fly as it was low cloud base and pouring with rain. But we were here for the flight doctor, nice friendly man well experienced.The reception area was clean and tidy if a little cold, but plenty to read and nice people to talk to.
Bridget Macnamara
Bridget Macnamara
11:46 22 Apr 18
Under no circumstances book with these people! I bought my son a flying lesson for Xmas and we have been cancelled 6 times!Three times because of the weather and yes I understand they can't control that, then because of technical fault, then the pilot didn't show up and today it was because the radio packed up! To say I am furious is an understatement as everytime my son thinks he's going and gets excited and then he's left disappointed. I will also be putting a strong complaint to Coventry Airport, they simply couldn't care less the most unprofessional company I've ever come across!
Mukhtar Ali
Mukhtar Ali
04:38 04 Feb 18
I started flying with Almat in 2001. One thing that hasn't changed is the friendly atmosphere, accomodating staff and a real enthusiasm for flying.
Anmar Al-Sharif
Anmar Al-Sharif
00:54 09 Oct 17
I went there and it was very good ❤️
Thomas Addison
Thomas Addison
12:24 24 Sep 17
The most unprofessional company I have ever come across. Booked a double flight experience, tuned up and was totally ignored for 10 mins as people wandered in and out. Only interests in third regular customers and anyone else is obviously an inconvenience.
Tracey Wait
Tracey Wait
11:34 19 Aug 17
We bought this experience for our daughters 21st birthday from Into the blue.The experience might not have been half as good if it wasn't for the pilot Craig....He kept her settled and made her laugh from beginning to end.The parking is free,also after we ate at the only plane restaurant which is situated just a 2 mins drive around the airport, just follow the conifer tree!!Molly definatly enjoyed her day ,thank you almat aviation x
Sleepless Indefatigable
Sleepless Indefatigable
19:52 24 Jun 17
My friend got me a trial lesson last year which I enjoyed immensely and I've been learning to fly with them since. The instructors are friendly and really understand you, the staff are always there to help and any cancellations or difficulties have always been communicated to me in advance. The planes are well looked after and the little C152s and the Grob 115 are particularly good value to learn with on a budget. Would reccommend to anybody in the Coventry area looking to learn to fly.
Ian Uphill
Ian Uphill
18:15 19 Jun 17
Second flight in three months. I really cannot applaud all at Almat highly enough. Lucky enough to fly with Ali who is a consumate professional as are all at Almat. If you live in the Midlands & want to learn to fly, look no further. Brilliant & looking forward to the next time.
Arun
Arun
00:01 06 Mar 17
Flying lessons
Qasim Bhatti
Qasim Bhatti
21:39 15 Jan 17
tried their best but no cigar with a flight.great briefing. room v cold.
Davood Bonyad
Davood Bonyad
18:30 09 Dec 16
Good staff, parking is not free
Tim Smith
Tim Smith
14:31 06 Nov 16
Excellent value pilot training.
Alan Melrose
Alan Melrose
22:17 02 Oct 16
First piloting experience today, thanks to the nice and very professional people at Almat. There was a very laid-back, but thorough briefing from a very patient coach. All was done with good humour and not in any way patronising. I was hands-on the controls from soon after take-off - all the way around the circuit - to when we were pretty close to landing. I made all the manoeuvres myself, with well explained guidance from my training Captain, Jeremy, who also demonstrated how the aircraft responded to the various controls. I even had a bash at taxying the aircraft back to the aircraft parking area too, tricky, but great fun. Thanks to all at Almat for making this a memorable day! Highly recommended!
B Phillips
B Phillips
08:45 19 Sep 16
Had a lesson here. Nice friendly staff, had an awesome time! Flying a 152.
Dr Peter Eggison
Dr Peter Eggison
14:36 30 Aug 16
Excellent, friendly, helpful staff, understanding of my flying phobia. Highly recommend.
Adam Hoskin
Adam Hoskin
23:44 16 Aug 16
Went for a 30 minute familiarisation course! Informative pre-flight talk! Had a lovely flight with a great pilot! Great fun! Will be doing again! Although 5 stars I have to say the prices are a shame meaning this is going to be more of a rarity than a regular thing.
jonathan moore
jonathan moore
20:12 14 Aug 16
Simply awesome
paul martin
paul martin
17:47 20 Jul 16
I'm training for my ppl their very friendly and helpful plenty of planes to choose from