About UsOur mission: To educate, enable, inspire and motivate our student pilots to achieve their aviation goals
Merseyflight is a Civil Aviation Authority approved pilot training organisation. We are the place to come whether you are looking for a one-off experience or have your sights set on a career flying aeroplanes.
Meet the team
Merseyflight’s strength is in it’s people. We invest in experienced, career instructors in order to deliver the highest quality, best value flight training. If you want to be a safe, knowledgeable and competent aviator then you’re in the right hands.
Neil is a highly experienced and extremely well respected instructor with over 8000 hours and 20 years of experience. Neil is well known in the industry and is a career instructor. Works full time for Merseyflight.
Another Neil and another experienced, career instructor. Neil W also has thousands of hours of teaching students to fly in his logbook and is the Chief Flying Instructor at Merseyflight.
Ex-RAF pilot Stuart’s day job is Captaining Boeing 737s for and instructs with Merseyflight on a part-time basis. Very popular with students, Stuart is an unrestricted instructor.
Lukasz is a very popular and experienced commercial pilot and flight instructor who first gained his PPL with Merseyflight. He instructed for us for a number of years en-route to becoming a Dash 8 pilot with Flybe. Lukasz can teach the PPL, LAPL, IR(R) and Night Rating.
Angus is an experienced Boeing 737 skipper and Merseyfight’s primary flight examiner. Firm but fair, Angus always puts his test candidates at ease. Angus is also a keen seaplane pilot.
Flight Instructor / Examiner
Ian is another highly experienced aviator who can teach the PPL, LAPL, IR(R) and Night Rating. Ian is also a Flight Examiner. Works part time, usually on a Saturday and Monday.
Steven is another of our instructors who has worked his way through the ranks with Merseyflight. Steven is currently studying towards a Phd and flies with us at weekends and outside of University term times.
Paul is an IT wizard who instructs for Merseyflight on a weekend-only part-time basis. Paul started his flying career with us here at Merseyflight and works at weekends.
Our training fleet
Merseyflight operates a fleet of Piper PA-38 Tomahawk and Piper PA-28 Cherokee aircraft.
Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk
The Piper PA-38 Tomahawk is a two-seat, single engined aircraft designed and built specifically to teach people to fly.
It is a comparatively spacious aircraft with good all-round visibility and aerodynamics that foster good flying skills.
During the design phase of the Tomahawk, Piper consulted the flight training community in order to develop this class-leading training aircraft.
Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee
The Piper PA-28 Cherokee is the larger sibling of the Tomahawk.
The Cherokee is a four-seat cruiser which also makes an excellent alternative training aircraft with a greater weight lifting ability.
The Cherokee variation of the PA-28 has a maximum landing weight of under a tonne which attracts only the same, cheaper landing fees as the Tomahawk.
Merseyflight are based at Hawarden (Chester) airport.
Hawarden (Chester) Airport
Home of Airbus UK and the iconic A300-600ST Beluga ‘Super Transport’ aircraft. With hard runways, numerous instrument approach facilities and Air Traffic Control facilities, our base offers year-round flying in a professional environment. Students flying with Merseyflight can now benefit from the substantial advantages afforded by flying from Hawarden.
Cheaper landing fees
Landing and circuit training fees at Hawarden are approximately half the cost of those at Liverpool, which translates into a saving of over £1000 on the overall cost of a PPL course.
With no airspace transits required, flight training from our Hawarden base represents significantly better value for money and improves our student’s chances of completing their PPL in minimum hours, potentially saving over £2000 on the overall cost of a PPL course.
In contrast to the limited facilities available at the Liverpool General Aviation site, Hawarden offers numerous visitor facilities; the Chocks Away diner – a hidden gem of a restaurant with a runway view, a secure viewing park with outside seating and a children’s playground, free parking and public conveniences.
Merseyflight is located at Aviation Park, CH4 0GZ; 4 miles SW of Chester, approximately 45 minutes from Manchester and 25 minutes from Liverpool.
On arrival at Aviation Park you will need to sign in at the security gate – Just let them know you are visiting Merseyflight and have your paperwork handy.
Once through security, follow the signs for the Chocks Away Diner. Park in the free car park and enter the diner main entrance. Turn immediately left and follow the perimeter of the diner, bearing to the right, where you will find the flying school entrance.
Please note that only participants are allowed in the flying school. Accompanying guests can either relax in the diner or watch from the outside viewing park.