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Learning to Fly

The Flying School at Compton has been established for over 30 years, so you’ll train in a professional and knowledgeable environment. Compton was the first flying training school in the UK to be granted 'Approved Training Organisation' status from the Civil Aviation Authority. We can offer you the most up to date flying training at a fully licensed and regulated aerodrome.

Flying Courses

All the courses we offer are listed below. Some are available to pay for in instalments and all are available on a 'pay as you go' basis where you simply pay for each flight after you have flown. Our costs are completely transparent so you won’t find any hidden surprises. Click here to check out the blog of learning to fly by our LAPL winner, David.
A real bonus of learning to fly at Compton is that you don't have to pay for any landing fees whilst you are training - which could save you hundreds of pounds. All terms and conditions are subject to change without notice and we will always sit down and chat about the course in full before you get started. Please get in touch on 01747 811767 or email fly@abbasair.com where we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions

With a team of professional flight instructors and a supportive operations team we help you achieve your aims – whether flying for fun or taking your first steps in an aviation career. Getting started is easier than you think; have a look below for our tips and the way forward ...
What do I do first?

We suggest you have an 'Experience Flight'. This is a one off lesson that will count towards your licence - but you don't have to join the flying club. If you are sure that getting your licence is the thing for you then just join up as a member and get flying!

Which licence is best for me?

If you want a career in aviation you should go for the PPL. This will enable you to do further training whether commercial, instrument or night for example. If you just want to fly for fun then its down to personal preference - you might want to train for the LAPL (Light Aircraft Pilots Licence) or the NPPL(M) (Microlight Licence). It might be a good idea to have a half hour flight in both the microlight (Ikarus C42) and the larger aircraft (PA28 Warrior) - and see which suits you best. We also offer the Chipmunk for flying training if you prefer the vintage style. Or just come up and we'll show you around the aircraft and have a chat about options. It is advisable to email to arrange a time for this.

Are there any age or health restrictions?

You can log flying hours from 14, go solo at 16 and apply for your licence at 17 years of age. As an upper age limit guide most insurers consider 80 a cut-off point for flying on your own, although instructional flights are fine and there are exceptions on a case by case basis. Any health concerns should be discussed with your GP - and we will point you in the right direction for the specific medical you need to get during your course.

What timescale am I looking at?

You can complete your flying training in as little as six weeks - but the average (taking in to account some weather delays and your availability) is about a year. This is an achievable aim as it strikes a good balance between progress and enjoyment. You can take longer if you like - time restrictions only come in to play once you take your first written exam.

How should I budget?

At Compton most people pay for each flight on a pay as you go basis. We do however have courses that can be paid for in advance and therefore give you a lower hourly rate as well as including your exams - whichever suits you. Email us for prices at fly@abbasair.com

What should I do to get started?

You will want to think about a medial, which we can advise you on, as it will be different depending on the licence you choose. You will also want to get some pre reading done and some student equipment including a headset. We use the Trevor Thom manuals and can recommend a student equipment kit as well as headsets.

  • "This is what it's all about!"

    With stunning scenery, this active and vibrant airfield made a very good impression to my guest of what private aviation and getting a PPL is all about.

    David, Kemble

Get in touch

Whether you’re up for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the skies over Dorset, want to learn to fly or just come for breakfast in an outstanding location, Compton Abbas is the place! Our friendly team are always on hand to help, so feel free to get in touch.

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