Do you have questions about learning to fly with us? Check out the commonly asked questions on flying lessons with Airbourne Aviation below.
What is your COVID19 Policy?
For all flights, the day before you are due to come to Popham, you will be called by a member of our staff and asked a series of well-being and health questions. You will also receive advice on the PPE requirements needed for your flight to take place.
Upon arriving at Popham airfield on the day of your flight, DO NOT COME TO THE OFFICE.! Call Sarah on 01256 398254 to let her know you have arrived at Popham. She will then give you instructions on when to come to the office. Your temperature will be recorded with a non-contact laser device, together with your arrival time. You will also be required to complete a short medical declaration. Please follow all instructions given to you either by Sarah or office staff while with us.
The wearing of PPE is mandatory at all times during your visit and throughout your flight. Face-masks and gloves will be available at the office for those who do not have their own. Supplies are limited, so please do try to source your own before coming. A small charge will be made for these items to help cover our costs should you require them to be supplied on the day.
Regardless of any contrary advice received from the CAA in respect of the use of PPE in the aircraft during your flight, AirBourne Aviation policy is that face-masks and gloves MUST be worn for the duration of all flight in our aircraft, and at all times while in our office space. NO EXCEPTIONS.
We reserve the right to cancel any booking where a breach of this policy takes place.
Please understand these measures are to ensure your safety as well as ours.
How much do flying lessons cost?
Each hour of flight training costs just £145.50, and you only pay for the time spent in the air, unlike other schools, we do not charge you for taxying time or landing fees, so you just pay for your time flying the aircraft. You can find out about our prices on our ‘learn to fly’ page here.
Can I learn to fly on weekends?
Absolutely! However, Popham is a busy flying club, so weekdays are less active in the air but we’re open 364 days a year including weekends. You can fly at any time of the day during daylight hours, and we only charge £145.50ph whatever time you choose to fly.
Are your instructor’s patient?
Not only have our instructors been through the learning process they have an excellent understanding of learning to fly and a passion for teaching future pilots. We understand that everyone is different, learn differently and at different speeds. We are happy to try different approaches and talk to you specifically about your training needs. We make every effort to help you get through your training safely, quickly and within your budget.
How do I pay for my flying lessons?
All our fees are payable after your lesson; we don’t accept or offer forward payment for training, so we operate on a ‘pay as you go’ basis helping to make your training costs affordable and financially more comfortable. We accept cash, debit and credit cards but not cheques.
I don’t have much time, can I still learn to fly?
Of course! We have students who gain their licence quickly and some take a little longer. We can provide advice and guidance, but ultimately you choose when you want to have a lesson. We recommend doing at least 4 hours a month if you wish to progress quickly but you can fly as often or as little as you desire.
What aircraft can I fly when I complete my licence?
You’ll be learning to fly in our fleet of four modern Ikarus C42 microlight aircraft. We also operate a Diamond Katana DA20 light aircraft enabling you to go on to further training after you have gained your NPPL licence with us.
Do you provide ground training?
Yes, we provide full ground school training on request. However, every lesson in the NPPL syllabus contains ‘ground school briefings which are classroom-based activities. We give these briefings as part of your flight training and can arrange further ‘one to one’ additional briefings at your request.
What are the facilities like at Popham airfield?
Popham airfield is a popular destination for pilots and family visitors who like to watch the aircraft coming and going. We have an onsite cafe open daily serving hot and cold food, hot beverages and a good sized seating area. There is a further outdoor seating when the weather is warm to enjoy the many movements around the airfield. On-site toilets are provided together with plenty of free visitor parking.
What if I prefer another instructor?
We will always match you with the best instructor for your needs, but we understand that sometimes having a different instructor may help you if things are not working. We have an excellent team of instructors for you to choose from should you wish to try a different approach.
Do you provide any equipment for flying lessons?
Yes! We’ll kit you out with everything you need when you join us. Including pens, protractors, flight computer, study books, pilots bag, logbook and much more. On completing your first solo flight, you will receive the coveted golden Ikarus ‘Pilot Wings’ patch, something desired by students from other training schools but unique to Airbourne Aviation students. Our pilots continue to wear their pilot solo wings with pride long after gaining their pilots’ licence.