Training / Flying Clubs
Cotswold Airport has a number of flying clubs, each with their own distinct personality and training options. Below is a brief description of the clubs, as well as their direct contact information.
Bristol Aero Club
Bristol Aero Club was formed in June 1994 at Filton (initially for employees of the aviation industry on site) and moved at the end of 2012 to the Cotswold Airport when Filton closed. Our aim is to provide flying training and recreational hire of aircraft on a non-profiting making basis. The Club has 2 Piper Cherokee aircraft and 2 Sports Cruisers, all equipped with dual controls and maintained under CAA regulations for training. The Club provides excellent professional training from qualified instructors who can also renew licences, conversions or provide more advanced training such as formation flying, IMC and the Night Rating as required. Students can complete their CAA exams and flight tests with the Club. The Club can also offer Trial Lesson Gift Vouchers for those wanting to experience the thrill of flying over the scenic Cotswolds or those interested in learning to fly..
Tel: 01285 610026 (operations)
or 07908 963026 (membership & bookings)
Cotswold Helicopter Centre
We offer professional helicopter charter services, training and helicopter sales and management. Whether you are looking for a gift, helicopter sightseeing tours, a lesson, a transfer to a sporting event, or a VIP charter,you will not find a more professional company where customer service is second to none. Helicopteres Guimbal, manufacturer of the Cabri G2 two-seater helicopter, has appointed Cotswold Helicopter Centre as their exclusive distributor for the UK market. Cotswold Helicopter Centre encompasses the parent companies Cotswold Helicopters Ltd, HH Helicopters Ltd and European Helicopter Importers Ltd who between them hold an AOC, have FTO approval and operate a fleet of 7 helicopters consisting of Cabri G2, R44, B206, AS355 & A109's along with an Elite FNPT2 simulator
Tel: 01285 770740
Cotswold Flying School Ltd
We are a CAA Approved Training Organisation with 180hp fully airways equipped Cessna172SP 4 seat aircraft, with new avionics and 2-axis Auto Pilot. We also have a Tecnam P2002JF (VLA EASA C of A aircraft) a Cessna 150 Aerobat, and a Pitts S2A. Other aircraft are available as required offering PPL and NPPL Training, and eventually EASA PPL and LAPL, IMC Rating, Night rating, Complex conversion, Multi-Engine Rating, Instrument rating, conducting Private and Commercial Rating Renewals. Ground school facilities and on site ground examiners are available for written exams. Introductory TRIAL flying lessons and the exclusive "Fly ‘n’ Dine" excursion, GIFT VOUCHERS are also available. Cotswold Flying School Ltd is a Corporate AOPA member and can conduct official Basic Aerobatic Courses, on the Pitts S2A or Cessna 150 and Pilot Companion Courses. AOPA membership is FREE to all our students for one year. Membership to our school is FREE
Freedom Aviation offer friendly and professional flying training and aircraft hire in well equipped Piper Warriors, a Citabria which can be used for aerobatics and tailwheel training and an XA42 for aerobatic experience flights. We have most of our aircraft based at Cotswold Airport and one based at Oaksey Park Airfield (a grass strip, just over the road from Kemble). Our offices are at Hangar 7 Woodside, although we also have hangarage at Hangar, Woodside - you can see both hangars clearly from the main car park behind AV8 at Kemble.We are a CAA Approved ATO and provide training for EASA PPL, LAPL, IR(R), Night Rating, Tailwheel, Aeros, Mentored Hour Building, Ground School/exams and Trial lessons as well as being an approved ELCAS provider. Our aim is to tailor your flying to whatever and however you want to do it, you can fly for an hour, half a day or a full day or any arrangement that suits you, with one of our full time instructors. Once you've gained your licence we are happy for you to take an aircraft away for a night or a weekend. We have an online booking system to enable you to book an aircraft or instructor whenever it's convenient to you.
Freedom has a strong social group and we enjoy many shared flying trips abroad during the year. All information regarding Freedom events can be found on our Facebook Group page https://www.facebook.com/groups/FreedomAviation/
Further details from www.freedomaviation.co.uk or you can follow us on Twitter@flywithfreedom or if you just want to read a bit about us have a look at http://www.toprankflyingschools.co.uk/flying_schools/freedom-aviation/
Contact: Sarah, Laura or Dave on 07973 322698
Gryphon Aero Club
The Gryphon Aero Club is situated In what is known as the Butts., opposite the ASI reception and alongside the Lyneham Flying Club. We can offer training for the PPL (A) LAPL, LAPL(A) to PPL(A) upgrade, LAPL(A) including Touring Motor Gliders to PPL(A), Night Rating and Single Engine Piston (Landplane) Ratings. We also offer IMC (IRR) Rating training, using Piper PA 28 aircraft which are also available for solo hire. If you would like a trial lesson or a voucher to treat someone else please call us. Although recently formed we are a Fully Approved Training Organisation (ATO) under the requirements of EASA, and we are staffed by instructors who between them have in excess of 10,000 hours of single engine aircraft flight instruction. We are also have instructors with experience in flight training of people with lower body and other disabilities and are able to adapt our aircraft to their needs. We work with Flying Scholarships for Disabled People www.fsfdp.org.uk Please feel free to contact either to discuss your needs or better still call in for a chat and a cuppa.
Kemble Flying Club
Flying school using microlights and aircraft in the lighter 450kg class.
Lyneham Flying Club
Our aim is to provide great value flying training to all regular and reserve service personnel and their dependants; there are also opportunities for civilian membership. RAF Lyneham Flying Club was established in 2003 at RAF Lyneham. It has become a well established club with over 100 members. Since the closure of RAF Lyneham airfield the club has move its base to Cotswold Airport (Kemble). We can provide training for JAR-PPL, NPPL, Night, IMC, QSP to PPL, Ground Exams, AOPA Basic & Standard Aeros, Formation Flying, Complex Aircraft, Tailwheel Conversion and Voice Procedure. All delivered by experienced and passionate instructors; we are also an accredited ELCAS provider meaning a PPL has never been easier to achieve.
Tel: 07534 704532
Sky Sport UK
Skysport UK is an enthusiasts flying club for British Beagle aircraft. They have aircraft which are available for hire, type conversions and air race training.