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Start with a trial lesson

PUBLISHED: 11:48 06 December 2005 | UPDATED: 13:45 10 October 2012

A trial lesson is highly recommended whether you want to learn to fly or not, because it will be huge fun and the experience of a lifetime.

A trial lesson is highly recommended whether you want to learn to fly or not, because it will be huge fun and the experience of a lifetime.

The instructor will look after you, and since all school aeroplanes have to be maintained to a very high standard, you will be quite safe.
Aeroplanes are actually quite simple machines, and pretty easy to operate, a good deal easier than a car or bicycle. With the instructor covering the dual controls, but not actually flying the aeroplane, most people can be guided through a take-off, climb, descent and turns. However, landing the aeroplane safely does take a bit more skill.

You can buy a trial lesson for £50-£100 at most flying clubs. Look up ‘Flying Clubs’ in Yellow Pages, or order the most recent Pilot Where to Fly Guide (provided free with every April issue) by phoning 0870 830 4960. All you have to do is find the nearest  club and phone them and they will tell you what to do next.

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