Flying Lessons and Courses

Join our flying school to access our flying lessons or join our courses. When learning to fly with us your flight school instructor will develop a personal training plan for you that you can work into your schedule. Why not try a trial lesson to see what it is like first. Already licensed? our flight school also offers additional ratings and can help you keep your licence and ratings current or prepare for renewing them as needed.

In House Flight School Instructors and Examiners

We have a dedicated team of full time instructors examiners. Ensuring you receive the highest standard of training. Having in-house examiners is very convenient to our members too. We can take people from no experience to a pilot licence in 3 months or even less in some cases, with our fast track scheme.

Flying School FAQ

Is There an Age Limit for Flying Lessons?

Fourteen is the earliest you can start. There is no upper limit. So long as you are fit and pass the medical you can keep flying.

Do I need any special qualifications to Fly a Plane


Do I Need Special Clothing?

No special clothing or shoes are required for flying, just comfortable clothing of the sort you would use to drive a car and a warm jacket in winter for walking out to the aircraft. For ladies, no high heels please. They make rudder control very difficult and will damage the wing surfaces when you board. The aircraft have very effective heating for winter use. For summer they are not air-conditioned but have effective cooling air vents.

Will I Pay a set price for every lesson?

No – you only pay for the flying time (brakes off to brakes on).

How long does it take before I can fly solo?

It varies, but between 10 and 20 hours of instruction is not unusual.

Will I have to pay any monies in advance?

No – you only pay for the flying time (brakes off to brakes on).

What Sort of Aircraft Can I Learn to Fly In?

We have Cessna 152 and Robin 2160 which are 2 seat aircraft. In addition to this we have a PA28-161 and a Cessna 172 which are both 4 seat aircraft. All aircraft are available for training or private hire.

How old Must I Be Before I can Learn to Fly an Aeroplane?

You can start your training from the ages of 12 although hours cannot be logged (ie do not count towards a licence) until 14. You cannot fly solo until the age of 16 and you need to be 17 to hold a PPL or LAPL licence.

How Many Hours Flight Instruction are Needed to Get a Licence?

The CAA requires all candidates to complete a minimum of 45 hours flight training including 25 hours dual flying with a flying instructor. Also 10 hours solo, including at least 5 hours cross country navigation.

This must include a qualifying cross country flight of 150 miles landing away at two other aerodromes. The remaining 10 hours will be dual or solo, depending on the needs of the student (usually dual). This makes up the requirement for minimum hours to complete the PPL training syllabus. There are lesser requirements for the LAPL Syllabus.

If you are just starting learning to fly you may be interested to read more about the different licence options, which are compared on our Pilot Licence page. Here there is a lot more information for people wanting to pursue a licence.

Is Learning to Fly Safe?

Aeroplanes are  one of the safest forms of transport. All aircraft are inspected prior to each flight. They are checked and maintained regularly by licensed engineers, To the highest standards as required and regulated by the Civil Aviation Authority. All our instructors are fully qualified commercial pilots, with extensive experience and expertise in the field of instruction. Periodically their licences are re-validated by authorised flight examiners.

Am I Insured when Flying with Almat?

You are covered under the aircraft insurance.

Is Learning to Fly Difficult?

Not really, but it does requires high motivation and dedication.

Does the Weather Play a Major Role in Flying?

Yes, depending on your type of flight and nature of training. We adhere to the standards, rules and regulations as laid down by The Civil Aviation Authority to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Will a Trial Flight count towards my training?

All trial lessons are bone fide training flights, hence if you did wish to continue training it will count.

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