Trial Flying Lesson Experience
£165.00 – £235.00 Inc. VAT
Take full control of a light aircraft under the supervision of one of our experienced flying instructors. This is a bone-fide flying lesson and not just a pleasure flight – the participant will get plenty of hands on flying opportunity! Ideal for those looking for an unforgettable one-off gift experience but will also count towards the award of a pilot’s licence should the participant wish to continue their flight training.
The shorter ‘introductory’ trial lesson is ideal for a ‘taster’ flight experience around the local landmarks and an opportunity to have a go at controlling an aeroplance in flight. The ‘extended’ trial lesson includes a greater element of teaching and practice, with an extended time ‘hands on’ at the controls.
Choose the 2 seat aircraft if the participant is under 13 stone and intending to fly without a companion. Choose the 4 seat aircraft if a friend/family member would like to ride along in the rear seat or if the participant is over 13 stone.
For further details please see the description and additional information below.
A trial flying lesson experience in one of either our 2 seat Piper PA-38 or 4 seat Piper PA-28 aircraft.
Take full hands-on control of a light aircraft under the supervision of one of our experienced flying instructors. This is an ideal choice for those looking for an unforgettable one-off gift experience.
The shorter 'introductory' trial lesson is ideal for a flight experience around the local landmarks and an opportunity to have a go at controlling an aeroplance in flight. The 'extended' trial lesson includes a greater element of teaching and practice, with an extended time 'hands on' at the controls.
Participants: 1 (+1 observer for the 4 seat experience)
- Introductory experience Approximately 40 mins including 10 mins briefing, 15 mins taxi and 15 mins airborne.
- Extended experience Approximately 60 mins including 10 mins briefing, 15 mins taxi and 35 mins airborne.
Flight time: The legal definition of flight time is from when the aircraft moves for the purposes of flight until it comes to a stop post-flight; i.e. taxi time plus airborne time. Official flight times for our trial flying experiences are 30 mins for the introductory and 50 minutes for the extended experience, including 15 minutes taxi time.
Weight limit: 13 Stone max for the 2 seat aircraft. Participants over 13 stone must select the 4 seat aircraft.
Age restrictions: 13+
Your experience will be delivered in the form of a voucher which is valid for 12 months. Vouchers are issued electronically by email. Redemption instructions and directions to our venue are all included.
The experience will consist of:
A pre-flight briefing with your instructor who will discuss your route and introduce the aircraft and it's controls.
During your flight you will take full hands-on control of the aircraft under the supervision of your flying instructor. You will learn to taxi the aircraft on the ground and fly it around the local area.
Depending on the experience you have chosen your flight will be within a certain local radius (subject to air traffic and airspace restrictions). We try to accomodate requests to fly over specific places, but this should be discussed with your instructor during the pre-flight briefing. The map below shows the approximate ranges of our introductory (inner circle) and extended (outer circle) flights.
Minimum age 14 years for the 2 seat aircraft. Younger children can fly with us but must be in the 4 seat aircraft so that they can be accompanied by an adult and they must be tall enough to operate the aircraft controls. Please note that flying lessons only count towards the grant a pilot's licence for those aged 14 and above.
As a guideline, 13 stone for the 2 seat experience or 36 stone combined weight for particpant and observer for the 4 seat experience. Weights quoted are approximate – please contact us if you are unsure / borderline.
Ideally 4'6" to 6'4". Please contact us if the participant is outside of this range.
Participants must be agile enough to board and disembark the aircraft, and to be able to manipulate the controls. If you are unsure about whether your health is an issue then please contact the flying school prior to purchasing your voucher.
|Friends & family||
There are first-class visitor facilities at Hawarden, including the Chocks Away diner, viewing park with children's playground, public ocnveniences and free parking.
Merseyflight are based at Hawarden (Chester) airport. You will receive directions both with your voucher and by email when booking your experience. Free parking is available at the venue.
Vouchers are valid for 12 months from date of purchase. Voucher extensions are available on request and subject to an additional fee.
Visit http://www.merseyflight.co.uk/book-trial-lesson/ and have your voucher handy.
2 seat experiences can be upgraded to the 4 seat aircraft.
Please contact us before you set off on the day of your flight. If the flight is likely to be affected by weather then we will attempt to contact you at least one hour before your flight.
|What should I wear?||
Comfortable clothes and flat shoes. The aircraft have heaters for the cold season but generally the temperature in the air during your lesson is similar to that on the ground.
Trial flying lessons are bone-fide training flights and as such you will be required to spend most of your time under instruction and manipulating the controls of the aircraft. We have found from experience that participants have too much to think about without trying to get the perfect snap! This is why we offer the 360º video option which allows you to live your experience in the moment whilst we take care of the memories.
|360 Degree video||
Available to buy. This is a fantastic addition to your experience which will allow you to re-live your flight from any angle! Once you have landed we will transfer your high-definition video to one of our high-speed USB sticks for you to take away on the day. Please let us know if you wish to have your flight recorded prior to departure.
Flight time is officially from brakes off to brakes on. Approximately 10 to 15 minutes of your experience will be taxying the aircraft. Flight times are subject to air trafiic movements and do vary.