The Flying Course
The Flying Course Syllabus
Your flying training course will be completed in 4 stages:

Dual flying
Supervised solo flying
Cross-country flying
General Skills Test (GST)
Ground School

Dual Flying
You will begin training by flying either our dual controlled Thruster T600N fixed-wing or EclipseR 912 flexwing aircraft with your instructor.

During your first 15 to 18 hours you'll learn all the skills you'll need to fly solo.

Before you step into the air on your first lesson, you will be given a thorough introduction to your training aircraft, including pre and post flight checks. By the end of your first lesson in the air, you w'll be able to control the aircraft in straight and level flight and make gentle turns.

As you progress, you will learn to make steeper turns, climb and descend, and recover from stalls.

Flying over our training area at 2000ft, you will then progress onto the circuit at 500ft. Here you will learn about the circuit pattern and how to takeoff and land in preparation for your solo flying.

Supervised Solo Flying
This is the phase of your training where you really begin to learn to fly. Over a period of around 10 hours you'll be honing your skills in the circuit and also on short local flights so you get to know the area around the airfield.

Unlike other flying schools, we let you complete all your solo flying on the school aircraft to avoid the inconvenience of you having to purchase your own aircraft too early.

Cross-country Flying
The cross-country element of your training is your chance to visit 2 new airfields. You will need to complete 2 qualifying cross-country flights of 40nm, landing at an airfield at least 15nm away from Stoke.

Cross Country Flying begins with a dual navigation flight with your instructor to check your navigation skills. This will normally be a flight to the South to visit Headcorn airfield, with a chance to see Leeds Castle from the air along the way. If all goes well, you will then complete the same flight on your own.

With your first solo cross-country flight out of the way, you may then choose to fly into Kent, or perhaps into Essex, for your second qualifying flight.

General Flying Test
Once you have completed the NPPL flying syllabus it is time to prepare for your GST. You and your instructor will spend time flying to polish up your flying skills and prepare for the range of tasks you will be required to carry out during your GST.

The GST itself is a practical flying test conducted by a qualified CAA examiner. You will be expected to demonstrate a high degree of proficiency in the manoeuvres mentioned.


With your GST and Ground School exams passed, and the requisite number of flying hours completed, you will finally be a qualified pilot and can apply for your license!

Our Aircraft

Thruster T600N
EclipseR 912R
Cyclone AX3
Hybred 503

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