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Learn to Fly with Aero Legends

Aero Legends are pleased to be able to offer a full range of flight instruction and training at the iconic Compton Abbas airfield in Dorset. Aero Legends is a UK Civil Aviation Authority Approved Training Organisation and are authorised to conduct the following: Private Pilot’s License (PPL), Light Aircraft Pilots License (LAPL), Single Engine Piston Class Rating (SEP), Instrument Rating (Restricted), Tailwheel Differences Training

Our highly experienced team of instructors come from a variety of different backgrounds both from the worlds of commercial and military aviation and are headed up by Aero Legends Chief Flying Instructor; Charlie Brown; an ex-Royal Air Force A1 Qualified Flying Instructor with over 12,000 hours of experience in instructional flying. Flying training is primarily conducted in our fleet of PA28 Warrior aircraft; an aircraft that has been used for this purpose since the 1960’s and is still being built today with over 32,000 produced. Interested in learning to fly? Why not take a trial lesson with one of our instructors and see what you think! The time you log on this flight will count towards any license you then go on to obtain. Trial Lessons can be purchased below.

Trial Flying Lesson

Thinking about becoming a pilot, or perhaps you’d just like to give a loved one a taste of flight?

Trial flying lessons can be an unforgettable way to experience taking the controls of an aircraft yourself or for the lucky recipient of a trial voucher. All flights can be logged in your Pilots logbook

You will be sitting in the front of the aircraft with access to the flight controls under the guidance of your fully certified and highly skilled flight instructor who will explain the process of becoming a Private Pilot and answer any questions you have along the way!

Whether it’s a flying experience for yourself or as a gift, buying a trial flight online is simple and all vouchers are received instantly to your inbox.

  • Click on ‘Buy Voucher’ to purchase a flight voucher & make a flight booking at a later date via the student portal

30 Minute Trial Lesson – Compton Abbas, Dorset
from £159.50

45 Minute Trial Lesson – Compton Abbas, Dorset
from £225.25

60 Minute Trial Lesson – Compton Abbas, Dorset
from £299.00

Private Pilot’s License (PPL)

The PPL is the most popular course offered. It consists of a minimum of 45 hours of flying training including 10 hours of solo flying under supervision. There are 9 written exams to test your knowledge in subjects such as Meteorology, Navigation, Air Law and more as well as a practical assessment in your use of the aircraft’s radio. You will learn all about these subjects during ground school sessions with your instructor as well as guided self-study. Additionally, you will be required to obtain a Class 2 aviation medical before you can fly solo.

You will start off learning basic exercises such as straight and level flight, turning, climbing and descending before moving into ‘the circuit’ to practice your take-offs and landings. From there you will complete your first solo flight and progress onto longer navigational trips, travelling to new airfields along the way before completing your solo cross-country qualifying flight. At the end of the course and with the written exams passed, you will complete a skills test which is a culmination of everything you have been taught. On completion of this you will be issued with your Private Pilot’s License.

Once issued, your license will enable you to fly aeroplanes up to 5,750kg maximum take off weight and 19 passenger seats as the pilot in command (PIC) in non-commercial operations.

Light Aircraft Pilot’s License (LAPL)

The LAPL is a more restricted version of the PPL with lesser training requirements and is ideal for those who are only interested in flying light aircraft as a hobby. While the PPL is an internationally recognised license, the LAPL is only recognised within Europe.

Medical requirements also differ and a LAPL medical, instead of a class 2 is required. The course consists of a minimum of 35 hours of flight training including 6 hours of supervised solo and a shorter qualifying cross-country trip. It follows a similar syllabus to that of the PPL and on completion and license issue, allows you to act as PIC of aircraft up to 2000kg only with a maximum of 3 passengers.

Should you wish, it is also possible to convert a LAPL to a PPL at a later date.


You can expect the same flight training courses, course material, aircraft types, similar fees and undoubtedly some familiar faces. All of which will be overseen by Aero Legends CFI Charlie Brown with thirty-nine years RAF Service, 12,360hrs flying hours, 32 years of RAF and civilian flying instructional experience including two tours in CFS Exam Wing, extensive experience in single engine piston WW2 fighter types to Tiger Moths, a total of 7450hrs instructional flying, A1 QFI since the year 2000 and retired as Prefect A1 QFI, CAI, IRE.

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