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 setup in June 1994 at Filton initially for employees of the aviation industry on site. Over the years the Club has opened up membership to non-employees and following the closure of Filton Airport at the end of 2012 has now relocated to Cotswold Airport. Our aim is to provide flying training and recreational hire of aircraft on a non-profiting making basis. The Club has Piper Cherokee aircraft equipped with dual controls which are maintained under CAA regulations for training. The Club provides excellent professional training from qualified instructors on a part time basis who can also provide more advanced training such as 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 Lessons as presents or for 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 770 740
Cotswold Flying School Ltd
We are a CAA registered training facility with 180 hp 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) and a Cessna 152 Aerobat. 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 available for written exams. Introductory TRIAL flying lessons and the exclusive "Fly N Dine" excursion, GIFT VOUCHERS are available. Cotswold Flying School Ltd is a Corporate AOPA member and can conduct official Basic Aerobatic Courses, and Pilot Companion Courses. AOPA membership is FREE to all our students for one year.
Tel: 01285 610 610 or 07799608367
Kemble Flying Club
Flying school using microlights and aircraft in the lighter 450kg class.
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.
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
Freedom Aviation offer friendly and professional flying training and aircraft hire in five well equipped Piper Warrior II's and III's, as well as a new Citabria which can be used for aerobatics and tailwheel training. We have three aircraft based at Cotswold Airport and three based at Oaksey Park Airfield (a grass strip, just over the road from Kemble). You can find us at Hangar 5, Woodside which you can clearly see from the main car park at Kemble.
We provide training for EASA PPL, NPPL, IMC, Night Rating, Tailwheel, 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 instructors, equally 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.
Contact: Sarah or Dave on 01666 575345 or 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.