Learn to Fly

So you want to learn to Fly

In the UK there are many different types of recreational flying available. Whether it is in traditional light aircraft, microlights, gliders, helicopters, balloons or even gyrocopters, there are many options to choose from to suit a range of interests and budgets.

The information below is about how you can take your first steps towards acquiring a pilot licence, which you will need in order to participate in almost all types of flying.

Learning to fly is often one of the most rewarding things you will ever undertake. It is also a serious commitment of both your time and money so it’s important to do your research and make informed decisions about your training.

One of the most important aspects of learning to fly is the selection of your instructor, you need to feel comfortable with them and they need to show you that they fully support you're aims of gaining the licence you wish to obtain. To that end AACS a few of the company directors are highly qualified instructors with thousands of hours experience raining. We will be offering flight training shortly at limited locations.

However, we intend to approve and offer the services of a number of select instructors located around the UK. People wishing to undertake training with us can contact us and we will inform you of the location of a suitably qualified and approved instructor.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of your training or have any question please feel free to contact us via the link on the contacts page.


Basic Licence Training will include

  • Dual flying lessons with an instructor
  • Solo flying training
  • Ground training and exams in different subjects 
  • Flight test

Some useful sources of information are

  • Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) website 
  • The Internet is full of information and it is a growing resource 
  • Flying clubs and schools (worth a Visit)
  • Online forums for pilots/flying

Minimum age requirements

You can start to learn to fly at the age of 16 and can be issued with a licence of your next birthday 

  • 17 years old to hold a licence for aeroplanes or helicopter

You will need a Medical

Prior to starting training for any pilot licence it is worth considering the medical standards required. You will need to pass a medical examination and in order for your licence to be valid. The Medical is not that strict and a person in good heath should pass without any problems.  However, if you intend to go further and gain a CPL or even an ATPL, than its best that you have the highest level of medical done to ensure that you are able to achieve the medical standard required.

Private Pilot's Licence (PPL)

Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence (LAPL)

Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL)

Airline Transport Licence (ATPL)