Why Choose a Not For Profit

It may come as a surprise to learn that Bristol Flying is a Not For Profit (NFP) organisation. Essentially this means that our members fly our aircraft at cost price, a huge saving over commercial training organisations. Bristol Flying was set up as a community asset to support all those who want to enjoy aviation professionally and at a reasonable cost.

Advantages of a Not For Profit

Another advantage of being Not for Profit is that re-investment in the company is a high priority, along with providing it’s members with cost effective services when compared with commercial businesses. Our members enjoy some of the lowest Bristol flying lesson rates in the country. Not for Profit really does work and can save you many thousands of pounds a year.

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Not For Profit -Vs- Commercial Prices

Bristol Flying / Not For Profit Commercial Flying Clubs
PPL Cost From £8,750 Can be £14,000 upwards
LAPL Cost From £5,800 Can be £8,500 upwards
Monthly Fees £50 – access to ‘not for profit flying’* Compulsory Membership Starting at £10 a month
Fixed and Motion Flight Simulators Free time included Chargeable
Taxiing Fees No charge Chargeable adding £30-£90 to an hourly rate
Trial Flights from from £89 £120 upwards
Added value of ‘not for profit flying’
Ground Training Often Free Usually Chargeable
Guest Lectures and Talks Always Free Sometimes Chargeable
Difference Training Free Usually chargeable
Aircraft Usage and training charging Charged by meter in aircraft* Commercial hourly rates
Aircraft Rental Rates From £99 Commercial rates

Monthly Fees – Not For Profit Benefits

*£50 giving access to ‘not for profit flying’ on all aircraft and simulators.

Aircraft Usage and Training Charging

We guarantee to have lowest rates of any pilot training organisation in the country based at an international airport. We also have a wide range of excellent and well equipped training aircraft from high wing to low, Piper to Cessna and complicated to easy to fly.

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Members Receive Discounts right across the Country

Not only do our members receive access to discounted flying rates, they enjoy exclusive discounts in other organisations right across the country. If you are just starting on the road to become a pilot and need discounted study books and equipment or maybe you just want to enjoy a quality low cost coffee, there are £1000’s of discounts our member enjoy. Bristol Flying membership is certainly great value for money.

History of Bristol Flying

Bristol Flying is a popular flying club based at Bristol Airport, in the heart of the Historic West Country. The club’s founder and Managing Director Richard Nightingale has many years experience as an instructor and pilot. By creating Bristol Flying, Richard has gathered together a group of pilots and aircraft with the aim of providing the ultimate flying experience at an economic cost. From trial lessons in an easy to fly light aircraft to exhilarating, heart pounding aerobatics flying, the range of airborne experiences offered by Bristol Flying covers all tastes and pockets.

Flying with Bristol Flying presents unique opportunities to both student and qualified pilots due to the inclusion of modern, well equipped aircraft aircraft in their fleet, at some of the lowest rates in the country.

Bristol Flying fleet includes modern training and touring aeroplanes such as the Piper PA28, Warrior and Cessna 150; to the Piper Turbo Arrow, all fitted with Garmin GPS Systems, Duel Comms, also with ILS and DME receivers. All equipped for VMC and IFR flying.

The type of aircraft, duration of flight, destination and type of experience required is dictated by the student. You can select a trial flight to the Isle of Wight with afternoon tea or a cross country flight to visit friends or relatives.

So whether you require a sensational gift for someone special or would like to really learn to fly and achieve a pilots licence Bristol Flying has a flying package to suit.