We offer a bit of our time to talk to you about how you might proceed with learning to fly and what your options are.
The First Steps to Your Pilot Licence
All trial lessons are undertaken by certified flying instructors therefore hours gained as part of a trial lesson do count towards the issue of a LAPL or PPL licence.
What Happens on a Trial Helicopter Lesson?
When you contact us to use your trial helicopter lesson voucher you will be given a departure time. We ask that you arrive at least 30 minutes before departure as we have a legal obligation to take you through a pre-flight safety briefing. It also covers basic parts of the aircraft as well as the basic controls and instruments.
After the brief its out to the aircraft your family members are more than welcome to accompany you to the aircraft to take pictures, after which they will be escorted back to our waiting area. You will be sat on the left hand seat of the aircraft which is the captain’s side, this will be where you’ll sit should you learn to fly. The instructor will start the aircraft and communicate with air traffic control. You will be encouraged to assist where possible.
Once pre-flight checks are complete it’s time to take to the skies. Your instructor will complete the take-off and you will be encourage to take control shortly after departure. You’ll be fully briefed on what to do and even though the intention of a trial lesson is to take control there is no obligation to do so if you don’t want to. Whilst in the air you will be shown how to fly straight and level and how to turn the aircraft, you will also be shown the basics of navigation depending on the length of the flight. Trial flights are intended to be a hands on experience therefore you will be encouraged to be in control of the aircraft for as long as is possible. When it is time to return to the airfield your instructor will take control back from you on approach and will land the aircraft.
After landing you will be presented with a commemorative certificate of your flight.
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!
15:01 03 May 21
In the past week, I have achieved my PPL with Almat Flying Academy. Being a member of this wonderful school has allowed me to gain the confidence and experience required for a future career in the skies. My flight instructor Carmen is a great teacher and made every moment interesting and exciting.
Great experience, friendly and good customer service
pavan kumar V.
15:05 07 Sep 20
Had a great time and would highly recommend Almat Flying Academy.My instructor Steve Mason made the experience amazing. Everything was explained in detail and made the flight unforgettable.
14:35 30 Aug 20
Almat flying academy was a very professional and friendly experience Steve mason was great. Will 100% recommend to everyone thankyou guys.
09:07 22 Jan 20
The team at Almat are all really friendly and welcoming! I've flown most often with Carmen, who was really reassuring and encouraging during my lessons. She let me take the controls from the first lesson and it's been good progress since then! I would highly recommend doing a flying experience and then get ready to get addicted to being in the air!
08:09 18 Dec 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!
15:49 19 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
13:52 18 Nov 19
16/10/2019Had a fantastic flying experience with my son for his 18th birthday. We each had 30 mins in the co-pilot seat and 30 mins as a passenger in the 4 seater Cessna 172. Carmen was a brilliant pilot, guide and instructor. She let us at the controls for almost every manoeuvre (except take-off and landing) and was funny and engaging as well as informative. We flew over Rugby, Leamington, Warwick, Gaydon and everywhere in between. Such a brilliant time. Thank you Almat Flying Academy!
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.
06:56 17 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!
22:51 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/-.
19:56 12 Oct 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.
19:45 20 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.
13:52 04 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 😊
12:50 02 Sep 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!
19:28 27 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! 🙂
06:17 26 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.
15:03 24 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
10:22 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.
05:38 21 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.
13:59 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!!
08:07 12 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+!
10:02 11 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!
09:19 09 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.
19:56 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.
15:55 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.
12:29 08 Aug 19
First flying lesson here in 2000 with an Argos flying experience for 80 quid. Started flying here when I was 12.(year2k until I had to stop due to financial issues) A well established flying school with the best instructors. I’m 31 now and looking to obtaining my PPL. I flew the 150s from age 12-15. A great school, and more importantly an experienced one. Which is gold dust in general aviation.
What an excellent experience! All staff were welcoming, everything was well explained and the pilot (Ian, I believe) was friendly and amenable. A very good time was had - on the ground and in the air. Disappointed tho that there was no in flight drinks trolley service or Duty Free hehehehe !!!!!! Being serious, overall 10/10 for your efforts. Great afternoon had. Thank you very much. I shall raise a glass and toast you with my voucher!
Had an amazing time yesterday at Almat Aviation. My Sister bought me a 45min flying experience for a birthday treat. All I can say is WOW!! From the minute we arrived we were made so welcome. The staff are so friendly and helpful and talk you though everything you need to know. We took off and and soon as we were up in the air I was allowed to take control of the plane. Fabulous! The trainer asked where I would like to fly to and off we set. After 45 minutes doing climbs, descents and turns it was time to head back to the airport. Had the best time and would love to do it again.
I had an absolutely fantastic time, was amazed at how much I was aloud to do myself, I had a 1/2hr flying lesson in the two seater Cessna, my instructor was Carmen & she was brilliant, it was a treat for my 60th Birthday, I really want to come back & do it again, thank you so much for such an amazing experience xx
Craig my piolt was first class he explained everything with ease and made me feel comfortable and confident the flying experience was first class I would highly recommend this for anyone young or old.I enjoyed it that much I am planning on doing it again. Thank you do much Craig and all the staff at Almat Aviation Coventry.
I had a aerobatic flight experience with pilot Craig Bryan .......... wow !!!!!!!! From start to finish I was made to feel at ease ( well as easy as you can feel upside down haha) absolutely amazing experience , and I will be going back shortly to have a couple of lessons ( with no spinning this time haha ) thanks for a amazing experience xxx
Lovely experience for my daughters 18th birthday. Her first time in a plane and the ease the staff gave her was fantastic.Highly recommended. Going to do it again for my other 3 children. Thank you Almat staff for a lovely Treasured memory for my daughter
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.
13:33 27 Apr 18
Bought my partner a flight lesson 45 mins great experience all the staff there were very friendly and helpful especially the young man on the front desk... showed us the route he was on got a radio so we could also hear when he was about to land 😊 his instructor was also very nice and ensured him as he was quite nervous... would definitely go back there fantastic present
First lesson yesterday ,a Father’s Day present from my daughter, great briefing from Dave, funny and informative, instructor Ian, a crazy Scot, was very experienced and totally chilled out, made me feel very relaxed and gained confidence as the flight progressed, all in all, a great experience and booking a further 2 hours very soon, already started my flight log with the intention of working towards my P.P.I. thanks to all at Almat Aviation.
Just done the aerobatic stunt experience with Greg. What an amazing time. To start off you get a briefing about flying, then I was taken out to the plane. Greg explained everything that was needed and made me feel very confident. From taxiing on the ground to flying I was allowed to take the controls and also performed a couple of stunts. What an experience. Loved every minute of it. Can’t wait to come back and do it again. Thanks very much to my wife Deb’s for buying me the experience and to Greg for making a day to remember. ���
Well skies the limit.. Birthday flight from Lynne my wife.Had one cancelllation due to English weather.. But what an experience from start to finish. Pre flight tuition not to serious but you get the gist .lovely people running the experience. Captain Phil who apparently has no sense of direction can't fly and falls asleep at the helm. He was Brill.... started by dragging the plane out thought I had to push it to bump start it ! Taxing along the yellow line then to the runway ! Yes ! 65 knots pull back and up we went, climbed to 2000ft level off left steep turn right steep,turn,over the bumpy bridge !lifted out of seat. Circled Warwick castle,went round the chimney, it is a wonderful experience.Thank you to all the team, hope I will be back
The misses booked a taster flight for my birthday. It was an amazing experience, all the staff are really friendly and happy to answer any questions you might have. The tuition was relaxed and the atmosphere was great. I would deffinatly recommend giving it a go. Thank you Almat Aviation 😀
Bought a flight experience for my boyfriends birthday and he absolutely loved it! Have never seen him with such a big smile on his face! The people there are wonderful, so welcoming and friendly. Will deffo be returning, the boyfriend won't stop talking about how brilliant it was and now he wants his license! Thank you so much!! �
Had a 30 minute taster flight and was allowed and encouraged to do far more than I had expected given the description 'taster'. Amazing experience and am now looking at how exactly I'm going to finance my PPL!
Cancelled a couple of times but when it finally came together it was well worth the wait. My wife got me the Stunt flight experience with was incredible. Plenty of interaction with the aircraft. Great instructor, super fun from start to finish, brilliant and unique.
I had a 3 x 30 minute flight experience on Sunday 26th June which I have to say was impeccable. We got to handle the aircraft and move it out of the hangar (!) and I cannot fault the day at all. From start to finish, it was a great day - a welcoming greeting, introduction with the group and then on to the flying with a brilliant instructor! She was amazing and made the whole experience so relaxing! For me it was a trial flight and I will definitely be taking up lessons from this, really really enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone!