Trial lessons

Trial lesson

(Also known as Introductory or Experience Flights)

Have you ever looked up at the sky and wondered what it was like to weave in-between the clouds or be in control of an aeroplane?

Trial Lessons, Introductory Flights and Experience Flights are all the same thing and are a great way to find out what it is like to learn to fly. They are also the first lesson in the Private Pilot Licence (PPL) or Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL) training.

You will be instructed by a fully qualified and exceptionally friendly Flight Instructor rather than just a Pilot. To top all of this off, after an expert briefing and under the guidance of our instructors, you will take control of the aircraft through a range of manoeuvres that will challenge you both mentally and physically, getting full control of the aircraft for most of the flight. It is a magnificent experience that will leave you yearning for more, not just from flying but from life as well. Our experienced instructors will provide the feeling of complete freedom that flying delivers and give you a bird’s eye view on the world around us.

You’ll also get a certificate to take with you on the day with details of your flight as the flight counts towards a licence and is a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the training. You can also use this opportunity to have a look around the aerodrome, our facilities and aircraft as well as meeting some of our team.

After undertaking a Trial Flight, and you think you would like to continue, you just need to book in your next flight to continue with the Private Pilot Licence or Light Aircraft Pilot Licence.

We have Gift Vouchers for all of these Lessons as well as Pilot Starter Packs available for purchase online, over the phone or in person. You just have to choose what plane you want to fly and for how long! Just visit our online shop here to choose your flight.

Whether you want to give someone a once in a lifetime experience or want to take the controls yourself, this is an experience you won’t forget.

“I would just like to say a huge thanks to Flight Training London for providing me with one of the most exciting, adrenalin-fuelled experiences ever. I don't think my feet will ever return to earth again. This school is both professional and personable. Warm and welcoming instructors quickly gave me the knowledge and confidence to take control of an aircraft. Thanks to their infectious enthusiasm you can't help catching the aviation bug. I used to be a nervous flyer. Not anymore.” Guy Robarts (4 seater, 1 hour Trial Flight)

Trial Flight Options

Trial Flights can be undertaken in either a 2 seater (Cessna 152) or 4 seater (Piper PA28) aircraft. Training in either of these aircraft result in exactly the same licence, so it does not matter which you choose, however the following should be considered before making a decision.

The 2 seater aircraft, (a high wing plane) fits just you and the instructor and has a maximum weight restriction of 75kg. It is a cosy aircraft but cheaper per hour as it uses less fuel.

With the 4 seater Trial you can take a passenger in the back of the plane when you fly. It is a bigger plane, with low wings but more expensive to fly however its weight restriction is more flexible. For people on the much heavier side, this is an option, however it may mean that no passenger can be taken in the back.

Why Choose Flight Training London for your Trial?

Taking your first flight is an event you will remember forever, but there are a few things that make it just that bit better than the rest when picking Flight Training London. Choosing a safe established and experienced flight school, is just the start of finding the right place to fly.

Flight Training London have been operating since 2012 and over this time have created a great place for people to fly and built a great team of experienced instructors that together create a unique and memorable experience that you will talk about for years to come.

There are a lot of ‘voucher companies’ on the internet that have the sole purpose of churning out the sales of Vouchers. These Vouchers are redeemed at various places around the UK and very often the company selling these Vouchers hasn’t even set foot in the premises that will be fulfilling the Voucher itself. It will often be redeemed by a company that ask you to meet them in random places as they don’t have an office or premises, fly you in an under-maintained plane by a tired and grumpy pilot who just wants to finish up for the day and don’t provide you with the experience you paid for.

Flight Training London Vouchers are purchased directly from the school, a place you can even visit prior to purchasing your Trial Flight, just to see if you think it’s the right fit for you.

It’s important to find the right fit and the key to an amazing experience (not just a good experience) is the combination of the following:

The Atmosphere

There is something pretty special about being around the buzz of a great flying school. It’s a bit infectious and Flight Training London prides itself on its friendly and fun atmosphere.

The Flight Instructor & Staff

It’s also important to be around like-minded, excited students and individuals as well as staff that really enjoy their jobs and are happy to answer all your questions as well as take the time to really get you extra excited and prepared for your experience. Our team is picked not just for their great skills as instructors but also for their friendly approach to teaching and working.

Safe Aircraft and Covid-19 Safety Precautions

For complete peace of mind, Flight Training London can assure you our aircraft are maintained to strict maintenance schedules by highly reputable and experienced organisations, making them extremely safe to fly, and in addition to the many precautions we are undertaking to avoid the spread of Covid-19, you will be able to relax and enjoy the experience to the max. Our full Covid-19 Mandatory Safety Procedures can be read here.


Given the state of the world at the moment, it is hard to predict what will happen tomorrow, let alone 6months in advance, that’s why Flight Training London guarantees that should you be restricted to travel to your Trial Flight due to Government Restrictions you will be offered the follows options:

  1. Rebook to a later date Subject to availability we will move your booking to a later date, with no extra charges.
  2. Change the name on the Voucher You will be able to transfer the booking to someone else to fly if you don’t wish to fly it yourself.
  3. Request a full refund You can also request a refund if you cannot make it to your flight due to Government restrictions and the full amount will be refunded to the card it was paid with.

You can purchase your Trial Flight Voucher online or over the phone.

Click here to go to our online shop.


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