How do I get my Pilots Licence?
The First Step
Take a trial flight. This will give you first hand experience flying a plane which will help you decide whether or not you want to take the big step of starting your training. Furthermore you will be able to discuss important decisions such as your end goal and budgeting with someone who has been there, done that, and is now doing it - your flight instructor.
The Next Step
Become a member of the aero club and book your first flight. You can book online here or by any of the details on our Contact page. Your instructor can book a regular time slot for you, or you can book as and when suits. To avoid repetition of lessons, you should try to fly weekly. However we do understand that life is busy and you have the power to pick and choose when to fly.
There are six exams which you can sit at the club and your instructor can help you to prepare at bargain rates, or you can self study for free. You can order your study materials through the club and there are sometimes second hand books available. We also have practice exams available which closely resemble the real thing.
The Final Step
Once you are ready, and only once you are ready, you will sit an exam with a flight examiner. The examiner is very experienced and fair. We have only had two failures in ten years which is a tribute to our hard working students, committed instructors and quality examiners. We will not pressure you into any tests, flights or situations which you are not comfortable with or ready for. Our instructors are experts at measuring the abilities of students and you will be well looked after.
You are now Licenced!
Now you can hire the plane and fly your friends wherever you want to go. You could take up competition flying and sharpen your skills, or you could even continue upskilling with a Commercial Pilots License (CPL) so you can get paid to fly or an Instructor Rating so you can share your knowledge and skills.
Our instructors are always keen to help you achieve your goal so never be afraid to ask lots of questions. There is no such thing as a dumb question!
The official process for becoming a pilot is described in this short booklet: