FAQ’s

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Once you have your Flight Voucher the next step is to book your flight with us, we will then arrange to meet you at the Main (West) Gate [CF62 4LZ]. You will require some form of photo ID (ie. Passport/ Drivers Licence) to obtain a temporary security pass, this will take approximately 5 minutes. We will then escort you to our hangar for your briefing before the flight.

Yes of course this will not be a problem however due to the busy engineering hangar environment we ask that only one guest accompanies the student. We try to avoid big groups for your safety. Please feel free to contact us if more than one friend or family would like to watch. There are areas outside of the fence line that you may view the flight which we can inform you of on request.

The airfield is open 7 days a week from 09:00 – 17:00.

Initially we will meet you at the gate and escort you on to the airfield. If you continue your training and begin your LAPL or PPL with us we will arrange and sponsor you to obtain a permanent security pass which will allow you entry onto the airfield unescorted. This will be subject to a security vetting process.

For every flight our aircraft must adhere to strict take off and landing weight restrictions for performance, safety and legal reasons. If the aircraft is overweight then it will not be possible to go flying. The maximum weight for passengers for the Cessna 150 is approximately 16 stone (224 Lbs) if you need any further guidance please contact us and speak to one of our instructors.

We provide the highest quality training which will be given by our professional flight instructors, all of which have served in the military. We never compromise on training standards so you can enjoy your aviation in a safe and fun environment. We believe strongly that quality training is essential if anyone wishes to maximise their potential as a pilot. But most importantly we live in a really cool hangar with a variety of aircraft spanning 60 years. It is a unique environment to fly and to learn to fly in.

We currently have two Cessna 150 aircraft and a Grob 115, the perfect training aircraft to learn to fly, for more details go to our Fleet Page.

For information regarding this please go straight to the CAA website.

There is no official minimum age for the commencement of PPL training:

You can only log hours if you are 14 years or older.

However as part of the PPL course 10 hours of your flying will be done solo and to do this you must be at least 16.

You must be at least 17 years old to receive your licence from the CAA.

There is no maximum age for the PPL, it is purely determined by whether you can acquire a valid medical certificate.

Yes. In order to fly solo and to exercise the privileges of your licence you must hold a valid medical certificate. There are two types of medicals available, a Class One which is required for students and licence holders wishing to obtain a commercial licence or a Class Two which is the certificate required for PPL holders. For LAPL guidance on the mechanism for applying for a medical certificate is CAA  website.The examination is performed by an Aero Medical Examiner (AME). More information can be found on the CAA website.

There is no time limit as to how long the PPL course will take to complete. Depending on the course, the syllabus requires a minimum of 45 hours flying though the average PPL student completes a course in about 60 hours. The length of the course is purely dictated on a combination of weather conditions and the student’s own availability for lessons.

There is no limit to how often you can book a lesson with us. In order to avoid disappointment it is recommended you book your slots as early as possible. If, for example, you can only do one day per week it is possible to book a double slot, if this is available with the instructor you want to fly with. In order to maintain a certain level of continuity and because weather and other factors can cause a lesson to be cancelled, it is worth booking at least one lesson per week. If you need to cancel a lesson for any reason then a minimum of 48 hours notice must be given (unless it is due to weather circumstances on the day).

Yes, as part of the PPL course you must pass a total of nine theoretical ground school examinations as well as a Radiotelephony course which includes a practical exam. All of the exams are multiple choice, with a pass mark of 75%.

The exams must be taken within 18 months of each other and are valid for a two year period from the date of passing the last exam.

We have a CAA approved examiner who will be able to help you with your ground examinations; we can give you his details on request. It is possible to conduct the Skills Test in our aircraft at St.Athan which again we can arrange with our examiner.

If you are unlucky enough to fail a ground school exam then the school may recommend more formal training to identify and correct any errors or gaps within your knowledge, to allow you to do better on the next attempt. The pass mark for each exam is 75% and you can take up to three attempts for each subject.

Some students from time to time have suffered from mild effects of air sickness. Air sickness usually diminishes with increased exposure, as the body becomes more accustomed to the sensations of flying a light aircraft. There are several remedies for air sickness including wrist bands that can reduce the effects, especially on turbulent days. Many students have felt slightly air sick at the start of the course but lots have gone on to complete their courses with no further problems – some even becoming commercial pilots.

Yes, it is perfectly possible to remain with the same instructor throughout your course, if you choose to do so. Horizon Flight Training has a highly skilled team of instructors who have regular working days, allowing students to co-ordinate lessons in line with their particular instructor’s working days if they so wish. If you specifically wanted to fly on a day your instructor was unavailable, there is no particular disadvantage in flying with another instructor; as each student has a personal record documenting all flights and areas to work on for each lesson, it means that should you need to fly with a different instructor at any point, this can be achieved with no disruption to your training. It is recommended that the earlier you book, the more chance you have of flying with the instructor you want.

The PPL Package includes 45, LAPL Package include 30 hours flying training, a lifetime membership to Horizon Flight Training and 100 landing fees incurred during the 45 hours (85 landings for the LAPL 30 hour course). St.Athan induction training which includes security pass and airfield driving permit and a comprehensive Pilot Starter Pack. For this reason the package works out to be the much cheaper method of payment for the course, especially during the “circuit” phase of training where the student is learning to master the landing stage of flight.

Yes of course, we have two Cessna150’s and a Grob 115 at present with the intention of growing the fleet with time. Once you have obtained your licence you can hire our aircraft (subject to availability) on brakes to brakes basis. Please go to our Prices page for our latest solo hire rates.

For information regarding this please go straight to the CAA website.

For information regarding this please go straight to the CAA website.

The PPL you will receive upon the successful completion of your course is a EASA PPL which allows you to fly in most European countries without any conversion training required. If you wish to fly in the United States then you will need to convert to an FAA PPL which is normally just a paperwork exercise, though a check flight would normally be required at each flying school’s

St.Athan is part of St Athan – Cardiff Airport Enterprise Zone which comprises of many civilian MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul) companies so no St.Athan is not for military aircraft only.