Flying Training at Seething Airfield
Learn to Fly

Anyone who has had that yearn to fly has probably also wondered what it actually takes to become a pilot. If you are at that point when you simply must find out more, hopefully we can provide some answers for you.  

Not surprisingly, obtaining a private pilot’s licence requires quite a commitment both in time and money. It certainly isn’t the cheapest hobby but many would say it is amongst the most rewarding thing you can ever do. Nobody who has ever experienced it will ever forget their first solo when they take to the skies on their own for the very first time, and that can be with just ten hours of your first lesson.

Want to find out more?

Before you make up your mind then we would love to meet you at the airfield so you can see the club and airfield and ask any questions about learning to fly.

We may not have any immediate vacancies but we are happy to answer any questions we can about training at Seething and learning to fly in general. Fill out the contact us form here or call the airfield on 01508 550453 at weekends.
Not surprisingly, obtaining a private pilot’s licence requires quite a commitment both in time and money. It certainly isn’t the cheapest hobby but many would say it is amongst the most rewarding thing you can ever do. Nobody who has ever experienced it will ever forget their first solo when they take to the skies on their own for the very first time, and that can be with just ten hours of your first lesson.
If you have already done some research you will have probably seen the most popular type of training organisation is the commercial flying school. Often open seven days a week they are a great place to learn to fly if you want to obtain a licence within a defined time period. Some students do say though it can be a bit like a factory without much of a social atmosphere, but these flying schools do have their place and are probably where most people learn to fly.
Learning to fly at Seething is different. We are not a commercial organisation, and training comes as a benefit of club membership. .All our instructors and examiners are fully qualified to the same high standards as those at commercial schools, the only difference is they are all volunteers. So once you have been accepted as a Student Member all you will pay is the annual membership fee and the cost of hiring the club owned aircraft. The Club owns and operates the airfield we fly from so there are no landing fees and we don't have to pass on any costly airport fees but the airfield is still maintained and operated to exacting CAA Standards. You will be joining a friendly social club so, when not flying, you can relax and chat about all things aviation and take part in social activities, and along with all club members you will be expected to join in operating and maintaining the airfield and the club.
What is Training Like?

When a student starts his or her training they receive a Training Log which will list the various areas of training they have to successfully complete to the instructor's satisfaction. The instructor for the day will take a view on the weather and depending on the conditions and the student's progress discuss what training they will receive on that day. Each lesson will be preceded by a short session in the briefing room to discuss the flying lesson followed by a debriefing .

When not flying there is be plenty of opportunity to study at the clubhouse and Ground School, a part of your training, can be held anytime. The Training Support Manager or any of the instructors will be able to help you plan studies. While you will start your training on Saturdays, our main training day, as you progress you may find yourself arranging training at other times during the week.

First lessons will concentrate on learning the effects of the controls and getting a feel for the aircraft flying straight and level. Once familiar with the aircraft you will move on to flying circuits of the airfield, something you will be doing a lot! And then comes that most memorable of part of your training, your first solo. When the instructor feels you are ready they will let you have sole command of the aircraft for one circuit. After that your training continues, either with an instructor or on your own, consolidating your solo experience and building your confidence. You begin to venture further afield and learn the art of VFR navigation, and learn all those important safety procedures such as stalls and practicing engine failures. Before you know what you will be preparing for your Flying Test.

In addition to flying training at the airfield, home study is an important part of the road to becoming a pilot. There are nine written or oral exams to sit in addition to the practical flying test. These exams will be taken at various times during the training. Home study is an important part of your training but there will always be someone at the end of a phone line to help you out.