Get off to a ﬂying start!
Starting the journey to your mastery of the skies is an exciting prospect. Whether it’s the ﬁrst step to getting your pilot’s licence or a once-in-a-lifetime experience you’re after, here’s a quick guide to what you can expect on the day.
- A safe ride
- Control of the controls
- Help on hand
- Amazing views
- A new addiction
- A headset
- Qualifying time
This one might seem obvious but a lot of people come to us for their ﬁrst lesson expecting to stay on the ground in a simulator, or even just to cover basic controls. The great news is that you can expect to ﬂy, and do it for yourself, under the watchful eye of one our qualiﬁed instructors of course. Real air time in a real aircraft.
We’ll give you the lowdown on what you need to know in a pre-ﬂight brieﬁng. This includes a little bit of air law, general aircraft knowledge and standard emergency procedures. It’s your chance to ask any questions you might have about your lesson or just ﬂying in general too.
The cockpit can look a daunting place when it’s ﬁlled with controls and instruments you don’t understand. So you’ll get a guided tour of the all the vital components of a small aircraft’s cockpit and learn how to begin reading them. We’ll let you get a real feel for the controls too, including the yoke which is what you’ll use to steer.
You’ll get the unbeatable experience of being in control of a machine in ﬂight but with assistance and support at every step. We won’t expect you to be able to ﬁre it up and take off, or perform a dramatic ﬁrst-time landing that’s straight out of your favourite action movie. You’re there to enjoy your time in the air, no extra underwear required.
If you post a wing-shot to your Instagram account every time you ﬂy, you won’t be disappointed with the breath-taking views you’ll get from the cabin. It’s a completely different experience to staring out of the tiny windows you’ll be used to though. Take in the panoramic version from your vantage point and expect to say ‘Look, it’s…’ and ‘Whoa!’ quite a lot within your ﬁrst few minutes of being airborne. Flying Easyjet will never quite cut it again.
Sorry to say, but once isn’t usually enough. People arrive at the airﬁeld intending to tick an item off their bucket list, and leave with a fully-formed obsession and plans to become a qualiﬁed pilot. Don’t worry though, we can help with that.
It can be fairly noisy in the cockpit so a headset is a must for allowing you and your instructor to talk, and for you to listen to communications with air trafﬁc control. Plus you only really feel like a proper pilot once you’ve got a headset on.
The time you spend on your ﬁrst ﬂight will still count towards the minimum ﬂight hours you’ll need to accrue to go for your licence. Which is good, because we’re pretty sure you’ll be back. Everyone comes back.