Looking for your local UK Flight School? Whether you want to begin flying lessons for your PPL(A) or to extend your existing licence, we’ve got the most extensive & up-to-date directory of aviation contacts.
Fly GA doesn’t promote specific flight schools. We only encourage new pilots to locate one which meets their budget and specific requirements.
I Want to Know More about Flying Before I Start Lessons
Sure. Just have a read over our Introduction To General Aviation & Flying. This will provide you with all the basic information you need as an absolute beginner. The Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) is the first step of the journey, and the area we specialise in.
What Should I Look for In a Flight School? What Makes a Good Flight School?
We’ve written a post about the various costs involved in learning to fly. It’s an important read for anyone new to aviation: How Much Does It Cost To Become A Pilot? What’s The Cost Of Learning To Fly?
There are of course other key considerations you should make when choosing your flight school, such as:
You need to identify local flight schools you would be interested in attending. The school must be easily accessible from where you live or work. Keep transport costs (to/from the airfield) in mind.
Review flight schools online. Try to get an idea of each school’s accreditation and safety record. You might benefit from searching for the individual flight trainers at each school to see if you find anything.
Also… try not to judge flight schools on the quality of their website alone. Many aviation websites are in serious need of modernisation! A old-looking website doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad school.
3. Facilities & Courses
Request information from flight schools about their services — including the training syllabus you’re interested in (e.g. the LAPL or PPL). Find out about their programs, facilities (e.g. planes), philosophy and anything else that you feel is important for your aviation school search. Usually you can phone the flight school directly to arrange a meet up, or introductory lesson.
I Already have My PPL. Where do I Go for the Next Phase of My Licence?
You’ll need to ask your flight school whether they offer the specific course you want. In many cases they’ll cater to your requirements.
Unsure what the next phase(s) of your licence are?
Take a look at the below diagram to recap. To learn more about what’s involved in each specific phase, we recommend reading posts from the Beyond the PPL section of our Pilot’s Blog.
- Grey boxes are completed in any order.
- PPL requires a Class 2 Medical or above. Commercial pilots must have a Class 1 Medical.
I Run a UK Flight School that Isn’t Listed on the School Finder
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your business name, address, website, email and contact number. We’ll list it asap.