Can anyone learn to fly?
What qualifications do I need before I start?
How can I tell if PPL training is going to work for me?
Is there a medical test and can I wear glasses?
In order to qualify for a PPL you need to be over the age of seventeen, although you can take lessons from fourteen. There is no upper age limit, so long as you can meet the medical requirements, which are not excessively stringent. Glasses can be worn and do not prevent a prospective pilot from flying, although you need to produce a six-month prescription and an extra pair of glasses. Medicals can be arranged by the reception staff at Stapleford and take place at the Airfield most Sundays and Thursdays. For a National PPL, a medical certificate issued by your GP to DVLA standards for an HGV licence is sufficient.
What are the 'priveleges' of the PPL Licence?
Once gained, your PPL will enable you to fly single engine piston aircraft. You may carry your family and friends on flights worldwide. Later you may wish to add further qualifications to your licence, i.e. a Night Rating, Multi-Engine or an Instrument Rating. This allows you to fly in cloud and airspace normally reserved for commercial aircraft. We can provide training for all of these at Stapleford and we will be happy to supply you with further information.
Will I need special clothing?
No. Cockpit comfort in all our training aircraft is similar to that of a modern day family car, any comfortable clothing will do, however we recommend ladies wear trousers rather than a skirt and high heels are not practical.
Will I need special equipment or books?
Yes. we have a Pilots Shop at Stapleford, Gerran Aviation, which is able to supply all your aeronautical needs. Your Instructor will advise you on any purchases you may require.
Are the SFC aircraft well maintained?
Yes. We have over fourteen Cessna 152 and seven PA 28 Warrior aircraft in our fleet, both long proven to be the safest and easiest light aircraft to fly. We do also have PA28R Arrows for PPL hire and training. Our aircraft are maintained to a Public Transport Category at our own CAA/EASA approved Maintenance Department.
So how much does it all cost?
The cost of gaining your PPL is not as expensive as you may think - especially if you compare it with other activities such as skiing or golf. If you wish to pay for a complete course of 45 hours in advance we can even offer you a 10% discount on the hourly rate. This is inclusive of all home landing fees, fuel and VAT. There is an annual club membership fee plus an initial joining fee. See our full PPL Price List.
Interested? Excited? Motivated? Still have some unanswered questions? Then why not call us on 01708 688380 or email Laura Ward moc.cfsylf@drawarual for more information. Your dream of becoming a pilot starts right here!
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Our FREE quarterly newsletter 'Take Off' (PDF - 274kb) is now available to download (requires Acrobat Reader). It contains lots of up-to-the-minute news about the airfield and club as well as all the latest gossip. We want your contributions too. So if you have any stories, anecdotes or other ideas you wish to add to the next newsletter, or if you wish wish to order a FREE copy, please contact our editor Sue Rose - firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 07808 587248.
This consultation is in relation to our proposed airspace change to allow RNAV approaches onto Runway 21L. You can download the PDF response form or add your responses online. You can also book into the 'drop -in' sessions here.
Stapleford Radio frequency will be changing to 122.805 as from August 6th 2018 to reflect the CAA policy to introduce 8.33Khz radio frequencies to free up more usable channels. The Stapleford fleet have all been upgraded to radios capable of selecting the 8.33 spaced frequencies as more airfields especially those with controlled airspace change to new channels.
Stapleford Flight Centre is proud to announce its affiliation with PEGASUS Finance. Get help with raising the finance for your flight training!
Following hot on the heels of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approval for Stapleford Flight Centre’s modular Air Transport Pilots’ Licence (ATPL) Theoretical Knowledge courses, Stapleford has now been given the go-ahead to run Integrated Pilot Training Courses at the airfield near Romford in Essex.... Download full press release >>
The Civil Aviation Authority has granted stand-alone approval for Stapleford Flight Centre to run modular Air Transport Pilots’ Licence (ATPL) Theoretical Knowledge courses at the airfield near Romford in Essex. This is the only ATPL theory course inside the M25 in the London area.. Download full press release >>
When requesting a clearance into the new Southend CAS, from April 2nd 2015, it would be advisable to quote the CTA number(s) that you want clearance into. Sadly the CTA numbers are not shown on the new 1:500,000 chart and so you will find this chart useful. We strongly suggest that you carry it with you when flying locally to help you ensure you get the clearance you want. If you have any questions or concerns please contact one of the instructors at Stapleford: 01708 688380.
Stapleford Flight Centre launches new 'mobile-friendly' website. We hope you like it - and that it displays consistently well on your desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device (and if not, please do let us know and we'll try our very best to fix it).
Stapleford Flight Centre, one of the UK’s top flight training schools, is leading the field with the acquisition of a brand new “state of the art” ALX Alsim medium jet simulator. This is first in the UK, and one of only five in Europe. It has just been installed at the Essex-based airfield and it will be used for MCC (Multi-Crew Co-operation) courses and JOC (Jet Orientation Courses) as well as a combined course for tomorrow’s airline pilots.
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In conjunction with ProPilot we are introducing an enhanced ab-initio course where, in addition to the standard Zero to Frozen ATPL elements, we will train for type-rating preparation.
The first-ever National Air Traffic Service (NATS) Infringement Prevention Award has been awarded to Stapleford Flight Centre. This is a result of the sustained campaign led by Deputy Head of Training, Brian Peppercorn.
Stapleford Flight Centre, internationally-renowned flight training school for private and commercial pilots, has been awarded Full Accredition for its training courses by the British Accreditation Council for Independent, Further and Higher Education.