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 (Under 18s – £110pa).
  • 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 over 40 years during which time he has accumulated over 17,000 flying hours including approximately 5,000 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 oversees the running of the Flying School and is ensuring flying and instruction is available at the lowest possible cost.

As a Flight Examiner, Steve is available for PPL and LAPL initial issue Skills Test and Licence Renewals/Revalidations.


Paul Brian

Paul inherited a passion for flying from his father who was a RAF Flying Instructor. Paul has progressed from flying model aircraft in his childhood to learning to fly at Fenland in 1992. Since then, Paul has flown a variety of different aircraft- accumulating over 3000 hours, and has recently qualified as an Instructor to be able to pass on his passion for aviation to others.


David Petters

David started flying aged 12 at Fenland Flying School. He completed his ATPL in 2006 and joined Ryanair in January 2007 on the Boeing 737-800. He took his command and became Captain in 2010 based at Stansted. David has been flying vintage aircraft since 2007. He has over 500hrs on tailwheel types including Tiger Moth, Stearman and Harvard. David co-owns Fenland based Chipmunk G-CGAO and regularly displays it in airshows as solo aerobatic or in formation with Vintage Pair. David also flies the Tiger Moth for Classic Wings at Duxford and the T6 Harvard for a corporate owner in Essex. His ambition is to fly the heavy Warbird fighters at Displays. David has been a volunteer at Duxford for Historic Aircraft Collection since 2007 and has been instructing at Fenland on a part-time basis since 2017.


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 (Under 18s – £30 per month).

In lieu of a joining fee, at least 6 months’ (£360) is requested initially. 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 temporary flyer, a day membership can be purchased for £45, or a single month for £120.


Members’ hourly rates for tuition:

Cessna 152 G-BFGL –  £144 per hour

Cessna 172 G-MICK – £178 per hour

Cessna 172 G-ECGC – £178 per hour

Robin DR360 G-AZIJ – £160 per hour


Training and Licence Options

Learning to fly light aircraft at Fenland, you have 2 main options:

You can either train for the EASA PPL(A) or the EASA LAPL(A), both of which have their own advantages, and you may want to get further details from your Instructor before making your choice.

The PPL(A), with its more comprehensive training, is most people’s first choice, especially for those who are interested in a career in aviation.

For those who may not qualify medically, or are only going to want to fly up to a 4-seater in good weather, the LAPL(A) would be sufficient.

Both syllabuses are designed to meet an agreed minimum standard of training with the European member states. In the United Kingdom licensing is regulated by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority).


Fenland Flying School Registered Training facility- E-Plane LTD DTO – 0180