Pilot training

Cranfield Flying School offers a wide range of flying courses for those seeking to start a career as a pilot or simply those that wish to experience the joy of hands on flight. Our qualified and experienced flying instructors will guide you through all you need to know to master the sky. For detailed course breakdown, click on the course title you wish to find out more about below.

Commercial Pilots Licence (JAR CPL): This Licence enables the holder to earn a salary from flying, for example as a commercial pilot flying for the airlines or as a flying instructor. It is a pre-requisite for pilots wishing to work as a pilot with an Airline. You must have passed the theoretical examinations for the Commercial Pilot’s Licence or Airline Transport Pilots Licence.

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Multi-Engine Rating (MEP): This rating enables the holder to fly multi-engine piston, land based aircraft. You must be a current PPL (Aeroplanes) holder and have at least 70 hours as pilot in command to meet the minimum requirements to commence this course.

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Instrument Rating (JAR IR): This Rating enables the holder to fly in class A controlled airspace including commercial airways. It is a pre-requisite for the candidate to hold this Rating for entry to the Airlines. You must hold a PPL(Aeroplanes) with a night qualification or hold a CPL(Aeroplanes) and also have 50 hours cross country flight time as Pilot in command.

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Flying Instructor Course (FI): This flying course enables the pilot to instruct students to PPL standard. Additional experience and training is required to teach night ratings, instrument flying, aerobatics, multi-engine courses and commercial flight training. You must hold a PPL (Aeroplanes) with 150 hours as Pilot in command or hold a CPL (Aeroplanes) with 100 hours PIC and have passed the CPL theoretical knowledge examination.

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Instrument Meteorological Conditions Course (UK/IMC): This rating enables the PPL(Aeroplanes) holder to fly with sole reference to instruments whilst carrying passengers within most UK airspace. The minimum requirements to commence this course are that you must be a current JAR PPL (Aeroplanes) holder, have logged a total of at least 25 hours after licence issue, have flown at least 10 hours as pilot in command, since licence issue, of which, at least 5 hours must be cross country flying.

Private Pilots Licence (JAR PPL): The Private Pilots Licence entitles you to act as Pilot in Command of single engine piston aircraft registered in the EC carrying passengers on flights anywhere in the world. The minimum requirements to commence the course include a class II medical (which can be organised by Cranfield Flying School, contact us for more information) and a basic school education.

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Pilot Training for people with disabilities: We have devloped a wide range of flight training course for people with lower limb disabilities using hand controls. We partner with Freedom in the who work with Cranfield University School of Aerospace engineering. We together we have devloped a hand control for disabled pilots. Visit Freedom in the Air or our training page for disabled pilots.

Night Qualification: This qualification enables the PPL(Aeroplanes) holder to fly at night with passengers. The course comprises 5 hours flying training to include a minimum of three hours with a flying instructor.

The National Private Pilots Licence (NPPL): Administered by NPLG (National Pilots Licensing Group Ltd) via the LAA (Light Aircraft Association) Office at Turweston Airfield near Brackley in the United Kingdom. The LAA regulates NPPL training and licensing for UK Flying in aeroplanes and self launching motor gliders. The NPPL training course requires a minimum of 32 hours training.

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We will tailor a course to suit your needs – we can provide residential courses if that is what you require and will take care of all your needs prior to arrival. Each course is highly structured and you will receive a course outline which integrates both ground and flight instruction. For each period of training, we use a syllabus with specific objectives, and your progress will be frequently stage checked by a senior flight instructor. Instruction is on a one-to-one basis to ensure that you receive the full benefit of our expertise, whatever your level of experience.

If you have any questions on our courses or are simply finding it hard to decide which flying lesson or pilot training is right for you then please contact us where our friendly qualified flying instructors will be happy to answer your questions