Learn to fly
Learning to fly an aircraft and gaining your Private Pilot’s Licence is one of the most rewarding activities you will ever undertake. It requires a serious commitment from students in the form of both time and money, being comparable in cost to interests such as sailing or motorcycling. Choosing a flight school is therefore an important decision, and one you should feel comfortable with. Skyward Flight Training ensures that all of its students benefit from not only the highest level of tuition and support, but are also able to enjoy the social aspects of a small and very friendly club. Our historic airfield, our fleet of well-equipped and maintained aircraft coupled with our competitive pricing structure, offers real value to our students.
The EASA PPL
The EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) Private Pilot’s Licence requires a minimum of 45 hours flight training. This will consist of a minimum of 25 hours dual instruction plus a minimum of 10 hours solo flying. In addition to this flight time, around 100 hours of study time is required, based upon the theory contained in several training manuals. In practice, the hours taken to gain sufficient competence will vary from one student to another. The student must be able to demonstrate proficiency in 19 flight exercises before they are recommended for their skill test.
They must pass 9 written examinations and complete a short radio telephony course.
The minimum age for starting the course is 14 years old. However, to be able to fly solo, students must be 16 years old and must have passed their Air Law examination, which can be taken at the school. They must also have passed a straightforward medical examination with an authorised Aero Medical Examiner. There are several AMEs in the area that Skyward can recommend.
A Private Pilot’s Licence may only be issued to persons aged 17 years old and over.
Skyward Flight Training is pleased to offer training for the IMC (Instrument Meteorological Conditions) rating at a small additional charge. We also conduct check-outs for qualified pilots, and for cross-channel flights.
Our fully inclusive training charges
Cessna 152 (2 seater)
Training charge from
10Per hour supplement
Piper PA-28 (4 seater)
Training charge from
10Per hour supplement
Two or more students charged at discounted rate
30Per hour each
- A radio simulator is available for Radio Telephony training.
Members in school aircraft are not charged landing fees at Rougham Airfield.
Instruction in own aircraft £70 per hour.
Prices updated: April 2022
Our membership charges
Core examination modules overview:
- Aviation law, legislation and rules of the air.
- Altimeter-setting procedures.
- Air traffic services.
- Visual Flight Rules and Instrument Flight Rules.
- Registration, airworthiness and licensing.
- Distress, urgency, search and rescue.
- Operation of aircraft.
- Operations in the environment of the airfield.
- Signals, callsigns and clearances.
- Fire and smoke.
- Windshear, microburst and wake turbulence.
- Emergency and precautionary landings.
- The atmosphere.
- Heating effects.
- Atmospheric pressure and wind.
- Cloud and thunderstorms.
- Air masses and frontal weather.
- Reports and forecasts.
- Basic navigation theory.
- Pre-flight planning.
- En-route navigation.
- Engine, carburettor, fuel, electrical, vacuum, oil and cooling systems.
- Engine handling.
- Landing gear, tyres and brakes.
Principals of Flight
- Weight, lift, drag and thrust.
- Stability and control, flaps and stalling.
- Straight and level flight.
- Turning, climbing and descending.
Flight Planning & Performance
- Airworthiness, airframe limitations.
- Take off, landing and flight performance.
- Mass and balance.
- Physiology and altitude.
- Eyesight and vision.
- Hearing and balance.
- Fitness to fly, stress and fatigue management.
- Information processing, judgement and decisions.
- Airmanship and threat & error management.
- Radios and how they work.
- Radio language.
- Aerodrome operations.
- Airspace classifications and communication.
Each exam is between 16 and 20 multiple choice questions, and has a pass mark of 75%. The fee for each examination is £30.
Study material is available to purchase at Skyward Flight Training, along with a range of charts, hardware and pilot supplies.
Having received the EASA licence, the pilot can use it anywhere in the world in reasonable weather conditions during the hours of daylight. The weather restrictions can be eased by completing an IMC course.