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.
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
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.