Training Packages to help with the costs...

Learning to fly is an amazingly rewarding passtime but many people we speak to are concerned about the costs involved - if you talk to anyone who has enquired at a large aerodrome or General Aviation school they often mention sums of ten thousand or more but it doesn't need to be that expensive.

Our fleet of C42 aircraft offer incredible savings in fuel and servicing costs and we are able to pass these savings on to you - in addition we also offer a number of 'packages' which allow you to reduce the costs even further by 'bulk' buying flying time and other resources.

Whilst we can't predict how much time each individual will require to achieve the necessary standard, a reasonable guideline for the average student is 35 hours so we'll use that as a measuring stick and look at how our various packages can be combined to help out. Its better for the school if you purchase as much as possible 'up front' so we incentivise that by offering a bit more for a bit less.

Lets look at someone learning to fly and paying the basic rates for flying,  ground-school, exams etc.  Assuming you train for 35 hours including your qualifying cross country flights, all five exams and then a General Skills Test at the end (not included in the 35 hours) you are looking at something like this :-

35 hours at £130 per hour  - £4550
Starter Pack (books, protractor etc) - £120
Long Briefs (3.5 hours) - £105
Groundschool (12 hours x £30ph) - £360
5 Exams x £30 - £150
Student Membership - £40
General Skills Test - £190

Total - £ 5,515

If you then opted for a share in one of our aircraft (this is the most common option) this will be £3115 taking the overall to £ 8,630. There is no 'up front' amount required if you go this way.

Then lets look at using some of our packages to ease things a bit - this does require that you can put some cash 'up front' but will reduce the overall.

Minimum hours course (inc Starter Pack, 5 hrs Groundschool & Exams) - £3550
Groundschool/Long Briefs (10.5 hrs) - £315
10 hours Completion Pack - £1250
Student Membership - £40
General Skills Test - £190

Total - £5345

Again, adding on a share at £3115 will take the total to £8,460 (saving £170) - upfront requirement is £3905 then £1250 after 25 hours is completed and £190 for your final test.

The cheapest way of all is to opt for the share from the outset - the shares have a monthly charge so we will assume you complete your training in the first 3 months of ownership.

Aircraft Share - £3115
3 months Standing Charge - £123
25 Dual Training Hours - £2250
10 Supervised Solo Hours - £900
Groundschool Course (inc Exams) - £475
Long Briefs (3.5 hours) - £105
General Skills Test - £140

Total for licence AND a share of an aircraft - £ 7108 (saving £1522 on the first option) - Upfront requirement is around £3500 but the flying hours can then be paid as you go.f

The whole menu of packages

  1. Groundschool Pack
    12 hours across the 5 subjects, trial exams and final exams included - £475 inc Vat
  2. Intensive 5 day course
    10 hours flying plus briefings. Covers exercises 1-11 and an introduction to takeoff and landing - £1250 inc Vat.
  3. Navigation Training
    5 hours flying (2 dual/3 solo) including 2 qualifying cross country flights - £625
  4. 2 week intensive course
    20 hours flying across 10 days plus briefings as needed. This should get you to circuit work and learning to land - £2500 inc Vat
  5. Intensive flying plus starter pack
    10 or 20 hours intensive training over 1 or 2 weeks plus the equipment needed to back up your training - see the Starter Pack page - £1320 / £2620 inc vat
  6. Minimum Hours Course
    25 hours flying, starter pack, groundschool and exams all in 1 package - £3550 inc vat. Additional hours will be needed after the course to compete the training.