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New Horizons

Land-away Course

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Course Objectives

The Cambridge Aero Club offers an exciting and challenging course. New Horizons enables recently qualified pilots to spread their wings while offering more established aviators a chance to revise and refresh their skills.

New Horizons consists of six dual land-aways, specifically chosen for their interest and varying degrees of complexity. Navigation methods are a mixture of GPS, Sky Demon, and traditional maps and plogs.

The aim of New Horizons is to build on a new pilot’s real-world experience. Navigating to and landing at unfamiliar airfields helps gain the confidence to take future solo trips and make the most of a newfound freedom.

Additionally, pilots who successfully complete the course will not be required to fly with an instructor to new destinations (apart from those airfields requiring the completion of an ‘Over Sea’ checkout).

Landaway destinations are grouped into three categories.

To complete the course, fly to three destinations from Group “A”, two from Group “B,” and one from Group “C.” Other destinations are also available by agreement.

The trip includes instruction in various navigational techniques and is approximately eight to 10 hours long, depending on the airfields chosen.

And what’s more, you will be building valuable PIC hours during the New Horizons course as your instructor acts as a safety pilot!

Transit, Approach & Landing


An in-depth education to help you safely explore the UK solo
  • Visit six new airfields and gain experience with technical approaches and distances.
  • Transiting and negotiating busy Class D airspace (like Stansted).
  • Tips and tricks when visiting unmanned airfields.
  • Approach and joining, advice for busy fly-in events.
  • Practice real-world diversions.
  • Practice your short-field technique.

Real World flying knowledge


Real world tips and advice from your Flight Instructor, specifically including:

  • Dealing with issues away from your home airfield
  • Better flight planning
  • Using Sky Demon to its full potential
  • Flying with passengers & CRM

Pick Six Land-away destinations for your New Horizons Course

Other airfields are available by prior agreement


Choose three from Group A
Old Warden
Old Buckenham
Earls Colne


Choose two from Group B
Compton Abbas


Choose one from Group C
Isle of Wight

Please contact us to discuss individual requirements

at enquiries@cambridgeaeroclub.com