Learn to Fly

Why choose Fenland Flying School?

  • Our instructors are professional, enthusiastic, friendly and approachable, providing you with the best possible learning environment. Many flying schools are staffed by relatively young and inexperienced instructors who are ‘hours-building’ in order to gain their professional qualifications as a prelude to a career in the airlines. Fenland Flying School’s instructors have already accumulated a lifetime of experience and are only too happy to pass on their valuable knowledge.
  • Our aim is to give you the skills necessary to make the correct decisions, not just the minimum required training to pass the skills test.
  • We operate a fleet of Cessna 152 and Cessna 172 aircraft, which are proven rugged training platforms.
  • Our on-site maintenance facilities mean that unscheduled aircraft downtime is rare and minimal.
  • Operation from a small quiet grass airfield avoids the problems associated with commercial traffic, including costly queues for departure and landing. There are no landing fees which could easily save you £1500 on your course, but you are required to become a member of Fenland Aero Club which costs £220 pa.
  • We have a resident Ground and Radio Telephony examiner.
  • We offer very competitive rates for training and hire, including discount schemes that benefit regular flyers.
  • We have an excellent pass rate.
  • We can renew your licence, if you have previously held one.

Our Instructors

Steve Brown

Steve, our CFI, has been flying for almost 40 years during which time he has accumulated approximately 15,000 flying hours including approximately 3,000 hours of instructing. As well as instructing, Steve has experienced 17 years of airline flying during which time he has always maintained a keen interest in gliding and flying light aircraft. He has always been a total aviation enthusiast! Steve has recently taken over the running of the flying school and is ensuring flying and instruction is available at the lowest possible cost.

Marcus Palmer

Marcus, an ex RAF Officer, is a PPL instructor and examiner. He has been flying since 1984 during which time he has amassed over 3000 hours in 48 aircraft types, 2,500 hours instructing, and has followed a continued development programme route, currently holding a Flight Examiner and Multi-Engine Rating. As a Qualified Flying Instructor, his ethos is always endeavouring to deliver a professional, objective, friendly and approachable service to meet individual student requirements.

Alan Walton is also a long standing instructor and PPL Examiner with us.


To keep the cost of tuition as affordable as possible, a membership scheme is in place; the more you fly, the more you save!

Membership is £60 per month.

In lieu of a joining fee, at least 6 months’ (£360) is requested in advance. However if 12 months’ (£720) is paid, 13 months will be credited (1 month free). Subsequent membership can be bought by standing order if preferred.

Alternatively, for the one-off flyer, daily membership can be purchased for £45.


Members’ hourly rates for tuition:

Cessna 152-  £135 per hour

Cessna 172- £156 per hour



Training and Licence Options

Pilots wishing to fly simple single-engine aeroplanes have 4 choices:

Firstly, they may take a course leading to an UK National Private Pilot Licence, which has the least demanding Medical requirements (only a declaration). It is restricted to day flight in UK airspace including the Channel Islands, and now France, and to the lighter Annex 2 Aircraft (old British Historic aircraft). This is likely to be favoured by those with medical conditions, and access to aircraft, such as an Auster.

Secondly, they may take a course leading to a CAA Private Pilot Licence again for use with any Annex 2 Aeroplanes, limited to UK airspace, but can have ratings such as Night and IR added to it. Owners of ex-military aircraft might take this route.

Thirdly, they may take a course leading the EASA Light Aeroplane Pilot Licence, which requires a less demanding EASA LAPL medical certificate and is valid anywhere in Europe, with an aeroplane up to 2000 Kg and up to 3 passengers. We can, at Fenland, add a Night-Rating to a LAPL. This is the lowest cost option along with NPPL.

Fourthly, they may take a course leading to a full EASA Private Pilot Licence. This is likley to be the preferred option for the vast majority of pilots. This requires an EASA Class 2 Medical, but is valid worldwide, and can have additional ratings such as Night, IMC, En route IR, Mountain, Banner Towing, Aerobatic, Instructor, Turbine and Multi-Engine added.

Fenland Flying School Registered Training facility- E-Plane Ltd OCP0434