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Learning to fly

Once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward; for there you have been, and there you will long to return. - Leonardo da Vinci

There are many reasons for wanting to learn to fly. Some of us grow up with our heads in the clouds from an early age and some are bitten by the bug later in life – often following a trial lesson. Some fly purely for the pleasure of being airborne, some enjoy the challenge of taking friends and family to new and exciting destinations. Others find the convenience of travelling ‘as the crow flies’ a faster and more efficient way to cover long distances - whether the purpose be business or pleasure. Lastly, but by no means least, the Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) is also the first step towards an exciting and fulfilling career as a commercial pilot.

Whether you are looking to buy a gift voucher as a one-off experience for a loved one or are making the first, tentative steps towards embarking on a life-changing journey in to the world of aviation, read on!

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Your Questions Answered...

What's the first step?

If you have never been in a light aircraft before then your first encounter is likely to be a ‘Trial Lesson’; a one-off flight which is designed to give you an initial experience of flying a small aeroplane. Usually gifted in the form of a voucher, the Trial Lesson is ideal as either a memorable gift for someone special or as a starting point for the budding pilot. Absolutely no prior knowledge or experience is required.

Should you wish to continue your training, a Trial Lesson does count towards the grant of a Pilot's licence and you can purchase a Pilot’s Log Book on the day to officially record your inaugural flight times. You can even have your flight recorded on to DVD so that you can enjoy, and share, the experience over and over again. Vouchers can be purchased on-line, over the telephone or at the counter. We can also issue vouchers electronically by email for instant delivery!

I've had a Trial Lesson and I'm definitely interested. What's next?

We offer an all-inclusive, ‘Introduction to Flying’ package consisting of the first 3 lessons of your course. This is the ideal way to get a real feel for the service we offer with a limited financial commitment. This a cost-effective way to kick-start your training and extremely popular with those who have already enjoyed a Trial Lesson.

I’m convinced! How do I start?

Great news - you won't regret it! You’re going to need:

  • A school membership;
  • Some basic equipment;
  • Funds to cover your flight training and landing fees.

Are there any discounts available?

Yes. Discounts are available when purchasing 10 or more hours in advance.

Are there any other costs?

Yes. Learning to fly is not cheap, but it is incredibly rewarding. In addition to the above costs you will need to pay for written examinations, an aviation medical certificate, ground school fees, test fees, CAA licensing fees, flight equipment and study materials. There are lots of variables, and every student pilot faces different challenges, but overall you should budget to spend a minimum of £8,000.

What courses do Merseyflight offer?

We offer training courses for the Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL), the Light Aeroplane Pilot’s Licence (LAPL) and their associated ratings. The PPL is the standard licence and allows more flexibility for those who may wish to do more advanced training whilst the LAPL is ideal for those who either only want to fly as a hobby or are limited by medical issues.

The PPL course consists of a minimum of 45 hours flight training (30 hours for the LAPL) and 9 multiple choice exams. The courses are virtually identical and no prior experience or qualifications are required to enrol. More information on the types of licence and which one is right for you can be found on the Civil Aviation Authority’s website.

What happens after I’ve qualified?

As a pilot’s licence holder you will be able to fly as Pilot in Command on aeroplanes for non-commercial operations. Additionally, you can continue your training with one of our post-PPL courses and learn to fly at night or in marginal weather conditions.

Why choose Merseyflight?

  • We are a one-stop shop for pilot training and you can complete all elements of your training at our facilities.
  • We have a growing, enviable reputation among flying schools around the country. Check out our reviews on our Facebook page.
  • We are based at an Liverpool's John Lennon international airport which offers 1st class facilities in a professional environment.
  • Our Flying Instructors are widely recognised as among the best in the region with thousands of hours of teaching people to fly between them. They are all CAA approved, career instructors.
  • Our fleet is second to none; smart, maintained to the highest standards and are equipped with modern avionics.
  • You get much more for your money with a Merseyflight membership:
    • 12 month access to our facilities
    • Your own airside pass
    • Electronic online log book
    • Online access to your student records
    • Online access to our booking system
    • Online access to our Operations Manuals
    • All of your required insurance cover


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