Latest Posts

First Solo (with an engine)!!!

Congratulations to our student Marc, who flew his first solo circuit today!Marc is an experienced glider pilot who would now like to broaden his flying experience to included touring without the aid of thermals and other atmospheric phenomena, which assist the modern glider pilot.Marc is learning in our Cessna 152s and achieved his first powered solo flight this afternoon on the challenging Runway 18 after approximately 5 hours of powered flight.Marc passed three of the written exams, plus passe...

August 30, 2019 12:00 am

My First "Buddy" Flight

The following article describes one of our PPL member's first experience as a "Buddy" - joining another qualified pilot on a trip to share the pleasures of flying and for each to benefit from the other pilot's experience.We hope this might encourage others to expand their horizons and fly further afield with little added cost..."I’ve never been the sort of person to mingle very much. Not one for parties and never consciously networked a day in my life. In fact it&rsq...

August 14, 2019 12:00 am

Successful Qualifying Cross Country Flight!!!

Congratulations to our student Zoltan who successfully completed his solo Qualifying Cross Country Flight today!For the QXC, students must fly a minimum of 150NM solo and land at two other airfields before returning to Redhill. Today Zoltan flew our Cessna 152, G-BOYL, and his route took him from Redhill to Earls Colne - his first landing destination. After landing safely on the grass runway 24 at Earls Colne and enjoying a well deserved cup of tea, Zoltan then set off for his next destinat...

August 13, 2019 12:00 am

Successful CPL Skills Test Pass!!!!

HUGE congratulations to our student Robert, who successfully achieved a first time pass for his Commercial Pilot's Licence (CPL) Skills Test!Robert began his CPL training with us just four weeks ago - for a structured and intensive course with our CPL instructor, Laurance.The CPL test must be completed on a "complex" aircraft. This means that it must have both retractable gear and a variable pitch propeller. Our Piper Arrow G-EDVL fits the bill perfectly and makes a great platform ...

August 5, 2019 12:00 am

First Solo!!!

Congratulations to our student David, who flew his first solo circuit today!David has elected to carry out his training in our 160hp PA28, G-BMUZ. Today he initially flew with instructor Laurance, to demonstrate his abilities in the circuit. In the soaring temperatures, David and Laurance took to the skies and David remained cool and calm - despite the 35 degrees outside!After demonstrating several tidy circuits, David was soon advised to drop off his instructor.

July 25, 2019 7:00 pm

Jet MASTERCLASS Open Evening – Monday 29 July from 5pm

Our friends at Jet MASTERCLASS are hosting an Open Evening on Monday 29th July 2019. This free event is open to Redhill Aviation students who are considering an airline career and will take place at the Jet MASTERCLASS training facility, 18 Lloyds Court, Manor Royal, Crawley, RH10 9QX, from 5pm on Monday 29th July 2019.Jet MASTERCLASS are a UK-based EASA Approved Training Organisation (ATO) specialising in high quality, customer-focussed training, offering APS MCC, or MCC/JOC training, plus TRE ...

July 25, 2019 12:00 am

14 Year Old Student's First Circuits – With Video!

Our 14 year old student, Phillip, had his first taste of flying circuits today. Circuit training is generally a very intensive part of the course and Phillip has kindly shared a video of his experience. Phillip describes the lesson in his own words below:"This is the fifth time I’ve flown and I was very excited when I heard that I was going to be doing circuits for the first time.

July 15, 2019 12:00 am

Successful ME-IR Renewal!

Congratulations to Tom, who successfully renewed his Multi-Engine Instrument Rating with us today. He flew with our in-house Examiner, Jill. Tom is one of many pilots who have recently joined us in order to either renew or revalidate their ME-IRs. All training is carried out in our recently refurbished PA34-220T Seneca, which is also available for hire to approved members.Congratulations Captain!

July 14, 2019 12:00 am

Successful PPL Skills Test Pass!!!

Congratulations to our student Luc who successfully passed his PPL Skills Test today!Luc first began his training with us a few years ago and has been juggling many other commitments whilst learning to fly. He has been training in our Cessna 152s and today flew G-BGFX with our in-house examiner, Laurance.Below, Luc talks about his training journey in his own words:"Since I began my PPL in 2017 I have been in full time employment working for an aircraft maintenance company in West Sussex, al...

July 13, 2019 12:00 am

Conquering a fear of flying – Part 2

Followers of our blog will remember the story of Laura, who contacted us to ask for help with her fear of flying. If you missed the article, it can be found here.Laura had hoped to try flying with instructor Laurance a few days ago but the strong winds made it an unsuitable day for her first flight in a light aircraft, so instead Laurance and Laura spent time briefing about what to expect on her first flight with us. Laurance also explained all the different sights and sounds Laura had previousl...

June 19, 2019 12:00 am