What they did: Aerobatics + Tailwheel
The Cambridge Aeroclub is such a friendly and welcoming environment, with great aircraft and superb instructors. The Extra 200 was an inspired purchase by the club, and is a total joy to fly! It’s very responsive, with great visibility, and offers everything from tailwheel conversion and gentle “weekend loops and rolls” through to unlimited category competition-level aerobatics.
Pure stick-and-rudder flying at its best!
What they did: Training
In my opinion Cambridge Aero Club is far and away the best training organisation in the UK.
I learnt to fly at CAC in 1995 and cannot speak highly enough of the establishment. Not only is it one of the oldest flying clubs in the UK, it has highly experienced instructors. Indeed, I had the same instructor throughout my course. The fleet of aircraft is new and maintained by one of the best aero space companies in the world – Marshall Aerospace.
Without Cambridge Aero Club I have no doubt that I would not be where I am today
– David Barrell, Pilot, Aerosuperbatics Ltd. The World’s Only Formation Wing Walking Team! www.aerosuperbatics.com
What they did: PPL, Night, Hour Building
I first flew with Cambridge Aero Club while in the Air Cadets, where I was awarded a scholarship to complete the first stages of my PPL. From the start I found all of the instruction to an extremely high standard, as was the administration, with the reception staff being able to find slots in the week where I could squeeze in a flight in between classes at sixth-form.
After a break, I returned to the Aero Club with another scholarship, this time from the Honourable Company of Air Pilots (who I’d highly recommend to any aspiring young aviators!), which allowed me to complete my training within a couple of months. Since then, I’ve continued flying at Cambridge Aero Club, completing my night rating last winter and making the most of their hour-building packages – flying can be challenging on a student budget but these packages go a long way to make it more accessible.
In my experience, everyone in the Aero Club will go out of their way to help you succeed, and I cannot recommend them highly enough – I have no doubt that they are one of the most professional, experienced and friendly flight schools, and it has been a privilege to fly with them.
What they did: Aerobatics, Tailwheel
Although I’d been flying for 20+ years, I’d always wanted to get to grips with tailwheel flying. Cambridge Aeroclub suggested I might also try aeros, and I gave it a go. The professionalism and skill of the instructors, combined with a supportive approach even when progress was slow, meant that I finished both courses and now regularly spend time doing solo aeros over the Cambridgeshire countryside.
The Extra is a fantastic aircraft – so responsive, with an unrivalled ‘360’ view of the world – and I’d recommend any pilot to give it a try.
Dr Mahzuz Karim
What they did: Private Pilots Licence, IMC, Night, Farm Strip
I could not have hoped for a more friendly and supportive environment to nurture me through the PPL course, followed by the farm strip course, IR(R) rating and night rating…and the adventure continues!
What they did: Training
It all started when I was offered a trial lesson, Luke took me for a spin and that’s how I became a member 7 years ago!
The Cambridge Aero Club environment suited me as I’ve always felt I am in safe hands. The fleet is young and maintained to the highest standards and the staff are professional and friendly. We also benefit from the airport’s excellent facilities.
It’s a perfect place to fly from and I will always be thankful for the invaluable advice I got from the great people at the club.
What they did: Training
A brief note to let you know how much I have enjoyed the whole process of the PPL training I received at Cambridge Aero Club. You have a thoroughly professional and, just as important, likeable bunch of instructors and staff.
My reasons for choosing Cambridge Aero Club was partly history, partly wanting to learn at a “proper” airfield with tower and non-leisure traffic, and mostly a hunch that I would be treated as a customer as well as a club member; it is after all an expensive exercise! I have been a very happy customer throughout!!
The farm strip training has been a brilliant way to round off the PPL course. Well structured and really enjoyable, not least because of the cups of tea with Anthony’s tractors and eccentric friends! Personally, I regard it as a virtually essential piece of real world experience to wean me off the comfort zone of Cambridge Airport!
What they did: PPL, IR(R) ongoing
I started my PPL a little under a year ago as a hobby and selected Cambridge Aeroclub on the recommendation of a friend who also learnt to fly there. With full ATC and unusual air traffic Cambridge has set me up so that I am not concerned about flying to any UK airfield. There is a great mix of experience in the pool of instructors from professional airline pilots, test pilots and aerobatic pilots, and I have learnt something unique from all of them. It’s a wonderful place to learn how to fly.
For me, learning to fly has been extremely rewarding with a great balance of physical and mental skill. It is hard to describe the feeling of pulling off the perfect crosswind landing in tricky conditions or the look on friend’s faces when you take them up in a light aircraft for the first time. I will never regret the expense of gaining my PPL.
Most importantly I have found the people around the club great fun which made it a more difficult decision than it should have been to fly the nest and join my own aircraft group after completing the PPL.
I am happy to say I have just returned to commence my instrument rating at Cambridge Aero Club!
What they did: Aerobatics
I joined Cambridge Aero Club a year ago after buying my brother a trial flight in their Extra 200. I found the Club atmosphere both friendly and extremely professional and decided to join the club to begin flying aerobatics.
Despite only flying periodically due to work commitments, I have since taken part and come second in a Beginners aerobatics competition sponsored by Loop magazine.
The Cambridge Aero Club instructors and staff are always enthusiastic and tailor their instruction really well to suit individuals. Other Club members are friendly and there are many non-flying social events such as lectures at which to meet.
The aircraft are very well maintained and the operation of the Club is very slick. There’s a reason I travel back from Cornwall to fly at Cambridge!
What they did: PPL, Aerobatics rating, Tailwheel, Differences training
I had my first taste of flying light aircraft in 2010 with what I thought would be a one-off trial lesson. The beauty of flight and the possibility for adventure had me hooked.
When I decided it was time to get my PPL six year later, Cambridge Aeroclub was recommended to me for their professional, friendly atmosphere and excellent facilities. From my first lesson I knew I was in good hands: the instructors are knowledgable and helpful and someone was always on hand to answer my questions. With their help I feel I’ve gained the skills and confidence I need to fly safely and well. Since getting my licence I’ve been building experience with club flyouts, the farm strip course and solo hire.
I’m now busy doing Aerobatics training!