Price Changes

 

Price Increases

We regret to announce that we have to make a small increase in our pricing from May. Ourmaintenance costs and fuel are based on US dollars and these prices have now dramatically increased as old stock has worked its way through the system and we are now being hit by increases of the order of 20%.

We have tried to absorb these increases over the past 6 months but unfortunately the latest change in fuel price has taken us to the point where we can no longer keep the prices we charge stable.

Despite the size of the increase in our costs we intend to hold the increase we charge to our customers to less than 3%. This will mean an increase in our rates of £5 per hour. This will be effective from May 1st. For full details check out the website for a full price list. We believe we still offer one of the best deals in flying training in the UK. Our charges are totally transparent, (there are no hidden charges like landing fees, fuel surcharges etc), a nice fleet of aircraft which we are continuing to invest in,  a sophisticated airfield (the problems with ATC now resolved) and a helpful and friendly staff and environment.

 

Now some better news.

Summer Flying Trips

This summer we intend to organise a number of fly outs to different destinations.

The first will be to Le Touquet on Sat 1st July.  The trip to Le Touquet is an old favourite, it gives you experience of flying out of the country, flying over water, the opportunity to buy some wine and a great lunch and, weather permitting, a lovely walk along the beach. Four PA 28's will go on this trip, one of which will be an Arrow charged at the standard price. A C152, a TB20 and a PA44 (Twin with instructor) will also be available if anyone wants to fly one of these aircraft.

Anybody interested in joining us please contact Niazi or Jim and put your name down (info@cranfieldflyingschool.com) and check the website blog for updates and changes.

Later in the year we intend to go a little farther afield with maybe an overnight stop, like La Rochelle or Rotterdam. Also, we are looking at a trip to Duxford the long way round and possibly Canaervon.  Jim is also planning a trip in his TB20 to San Sebastian in northern Spain with probably two overnight stops. This will be in July/Aug, and there are a couple of seats available. This is a great opportunity to experience IFR airways flying and visit some really interesting places. Anyone interested in this please contact Jim@cranfieldflyingschool.com

Summer Flying Trips

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Price Increases

We regret to announce that we have to make a small increase in our pricing from May. Ourmaintenance costs and fuel are based on US dollars and these prices have now dramatically increased as old stock has worked its way through the system and we are now being hit by increases of the order of 20%.

We have tried to absorb these increases over the past 6 months but unfortunately the latest change in fuel price has taken us to the point where we can no longer keep the prices we charge stable.

Despite the size of the increase in our costs we intend to hold the increase we charge to our customers to less than 3%. This will mean an increase in our rates of £5 per hour. This will be effective from May 1st. For full details check out the website for a full price list. We believe we still offer one of the best deals in flying training in the UK. Our charges are totally transparent, (there are no hidden charges like landing fees, fuel surcharges etc), a nice fleet of aircraft which we are continuing to invest in,  a sophisticated airfield (the problems with ATC now resolved) and a helpful and friendly staff and environment.

 

Now some better news.

Summer Flying Trips

This summer we intend to organise a number of fly outs to different destinations.

The first will be to Le Touquet on Sat 1st July.  The trip to Le Touquet is an old favourite, it gives you experience of flying out of the country, flying over water, the opportunity to buy some wine and a great lunch and, weather permitting, a lovely walk along the beach. Four PA 28's will go on this trip, one of which will be an Arrow charged at the standard price. A C152, a TB20 and a PA44 (Twin with instructor) will also be available if anyone wants to fly one of these aircraft.

Anybody interested in joining us please contact Niazi or Jim and put your name down (info@cranfieldflyingschool.com) and check the website blog for updates and changes.

Later in the year we intend to go a little farther afield with maybe an overnight stop, like La Rochelle or Rotterdam. Also, we are looking at a trip to Duxford the long way round and possibly Canaervon.  Jim is also planning a trip in his TB20 to San Sebastian in northern Spain with probably two overnight stops. This will be in July/Aug, and there are a couple of seats available. This is a great opportunity to experience IFR airways flying and visit some really interesting places. Anyone interested in this please contact Jim@cranfieldflyingschool.com

Weekends are Back!!!!

Good news. The airport is opening at weekends again from the 10/11 December. However, be aware that the airport will be closed Sat 17th/Sun 18th and Sat 24th/Sun/Mon27th over Christmas.  After that we should be back to normal operations in the new year.

Please note that we are closed on Friday 2nd December, again for air traffic reasons.

Thanks for the patience and understanding of all our students and customers.

Airport Closures

At the operators meeting with the airfield this morning (Fri 21/10) we recieved more information today from the Airport on the Air Traffic Controllers situation. We were told that SERCO have recruited two new controllers and the first of these is being trained at the moment.

This is positive news and the airport management say that, given the controller passes his validation test, we will be opening up one day a weekend from the end of november and then hopefully back to fullweekends sometime in February.

We were also highly encouraged by the willingness of the airport management to work co-operatively with us to help get through this difficult period.

Alert - Airfield Closures Again

Another update.

Please be aware that on Friday 14th the airport will be operating limited hours and this is going to constrain our flying again unfortunately. The airfield is closed from 11.00 to 16.00 so anyone booked for lessons at this time please call the school to see if we can re-arrange.

The news on the weekend closures is more encouraging as we are told that two new controllers have been recruited and are in training and that we should be back to 'normal' operations by the end of November.

Update on Opening Times

Hello Everyone,

As of today, Sunday 25th at 5pm, we believe that the runway will be open tomorrow and we should therefore be flying tomorrow as scheduled. So those of you who have booked please come along and lets hope that the weather is kind to us. I am sure we are all suffering from withdrawal symptoms... I know I am.

On the planned further closures, we do have an update. We submitted a proposal to the University to open at weekends using Air/Ground radio system which they have examined with SERCO, the contracted ATC provider for the airfield. SERCO. SERCO have come back and basically said that it would be too difficult to do to mix systems like this and anyway would take until March to implement, by which time they would have sorted the main problem of fully trained ATC staff.

They have told us that they have appointed two new trained controllers and that following validation at Cranfield they should start 'easing restrictions' at the end of November. Still not great but better than March.

We will let you know more when we find out ourselves.

 

 

More Airfield Closures

 

SCHOOL CLOSED DAYS IN THE COMING MONTHS

As many of you know already we have had to close the school regularly recently due to airport closures.

Unfortunately we were told last week that this is going to continue for some time to come.

The main problem looking in the months ahead of us is that the company that runs ATC at Cranfield do not have enough qualified controllers to keep the airfield open and it takes a long time to train up new ones. We are told that this could take up until March to resolve.

The outcome of all thisis that we have been told that the airport will be closed at weekends for the forthcoming future. Naturally we have objected to this, as these are our busiest days of the week, and there are ongoing discussions with the University and Airport management to see if there are other solutions such as Air Ground Radio cover during the weekends.

In addition to this, as has already been notified we are closed in the next few days because of the Cranfield Festival of Flight and then following this the airfield have decided to resurface the runway which will take another 3 days to complete. Which 3 days they will use is subject to the weather apparently as it has to be above 15 C and not raining!

We recognise this will be very frustrating for all our students and hirers and we apologise profusely for the incovenience caused as a result.  As you can imagine we are doing everything we can to try to resolve it.

As the situation is very fluid and subject to change and it is very difficult to manage so we will be posting dates when we will be open on this BLOG page so please log on here to find out the latest information. We will only be able to take bookings on the days when someone is present at the school.

As of 15th September the closed dates will be.

15,16,18 September

The school will be open on the 17th, the day of the festival of flight but there will be no flying. Anyone is welcome to come along to the school if they are visiting the Festival, and we can make bookings.

Open on Monday 19th.

Closed 20- 25th

Open on Monday 26th to Friday 30th September

Closed 1st 2nd October

Open Monday 3rd October to 7th October.

After that we will post regularly here the open days and let you know if anything changes.

 

Closure of Airfield 15th to 19th September.

Cranfield Festival of Flight

Unfortunately we have to notify you of yet another airfield closure, this time for the Cranfield Festival of Flight.

This will take place on the 17th of September but two days are needed to set up the displays and two days to clear up afterwards. So the closure will be from the 15th to the 19th September.

However, anyone visiting the airfield for this event is very welcome to come to the school to find out what it takes to become a pilot. We will be offering refreshments and the opportunity to fly our Cessna 152 or Piper PA28 simulator under the guidance of an experienced instructor. We are sure this will be very popular so if you are interested please contact us through the website or phone us and we can book you in.