A 30 minute aerobatic flight in a Slingsby Firefly
The Firefly is used to train the UK armed forces
Experience aerial loops and barrel rolls
Enjoy some hands-on flight time
Climb aboard the Slingsby Firefly, a nimble aircraft still used today for the primary flight training of the UK armed forces. Meet your fully qualified instructor first, for a full flight safety briefing, then once in the cockpit, get ready for a 30 minute aerobatic flight. In the air, the instructor pushes the craft to its limits, completing a series of impressive aerial manoeuvres, including loops and barrel rolls. Take over the craft's controls yourself during the flight in order to experience the true thrill of piloting a plane.
Seven days a week. The venue is closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day. As weekends can get very busy, we recommend booking at least four weeks in advance (even earlier for summer weekends).
Minimum age 16. Maximum weight is 15 stone. Maximum height is 6'2''. For security reasons, photographic id (ideally a passport) MUST be produced by all passengers on the day or they won't be permitted to fly.
Flying is a weather dependent activity and it's essential that you call the venue for a weather check before setting out. If the flight is cancelled because of the weather, it will be re-booked for an alternative date or time.
Expect to be at the venue for at least forty five minutes, including a 30 minute flight. Flight times are approximate and are the chocks-off to chocks-on duration.
Numbers on the Day
Flight safety briefings may be shared. The flight is held on a one-to-one basis with the instructor.
Spectators are welcome to watch take off and landing but binoculars are recommended.
Wear flat-soled shoes. Sunglasses are recommended all year round.
This flying time can count towards a Private Pilot's Licence (PPL). To qualify for a PPL you need 35 hours of dual control and 10 hours solo flying. If you have ever wanted to be a pilot, this is a great way to get started.