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Private Pilot's Licence

Since its foundation in 1968, the Goodwood Flying School and its professional Flight Instructors have developed a reputation for delivering some of the best quality flight training available in the UK today, operating from a stunning location nestled between The South Downs and The Solent.

Learn to fly

If you dream of learning to fly and pilot an aircraft then you are able to obtain your Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) with us on what is probably the most beautiful aerodrome in the UK. Once you hold your PPL you can fly your family and friends as passengers throughout the UK and Europe.

Goodwood Flight Training Programme

The course consists of a minimum 45 hours of training and then a 'skills' flight test.

Of the 45 hours training, ten hours will be solo. Goodwood Flying School operates a brand new fleet of Cessna Skyhawk four seat aircraft for its training programme.

The PPL is intended as a flying licence for the pilot's private recreational use. This means that the pilot cannot be paid or rewarded for their flying. The licence allows the pilot to fly in good weather conditions for their own pleasure.

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The PPL course requires you to pass ground exams in the following subjects:

  • Air Law & Operational Procedures
  • Navigation & Radio Aids
  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft General & Principles of Flight
  • Human Performance & Limitations
  • Flight Performance & Planning
  • In addition, you will need to pass a VHF Radio ground exam and an oral exam.

At the beginning of the course your Instructor will show you the effects of the basic flying controls together with the other aircraft systems. You will be taught to fly the aircraft straight and level, to turn, climb, descend and how to recognise, and recover safely from a stall. You will then practice take off and landing by flying circuits at the airfield. The first milestone is your 'first solo' flight when your instructor will send you off to practice the circuit by yourself. After achieving that goal you will then consolidate the circuit patterns and practice other types of approach.

Now it is time to leave the circuit to learn the advanced handling of the aircraft. You will practice steep turns and all the emergency drills, before progressing on to the navigation training, where you will learn how to plan, and fly, a route to another airfield. You will learn the art of navigation, dead reckoning and radio navigation. Your solo experience will continue to increase with you flying to and landing at other airfields. The course culminates in a 'skills test' which involves demonstrating your aircraft handling skills to a flight examiner.