Courses at Compton Abbas Airfield

Compton Abbas was the first flying training school in the UK to be granted 'Approved Training Organisation' status from the Civil Aviation Authority. This means that we can offer you the most up to date flying training at a fully licenced and regulated aerodrome. 

All the courses we offer are listed below. Some are available to pay for in installments and all are available on a 'pay as you go' basis where you simply pay for each flight after you have flown. If you would like more information then please get in touch on 01747 811767 or email fly@abasair.com.

A real bonus of learning to fly at Compton is that you don't have to pay for any landing fees whilst you are training - which could save you hundreds of pounds. All terms and conditions are subject to change without notice and we will always sit down and chat about the course in full before you get started.

EASA PRIVATE PILOTS LICENCE (PPL)

Gaining the Private Pilots Licence will enable you to fly in the UK and Europe with friends and family as passengers. The course covers aircraft handling, solo flying and navigation skills with our team of professional and commercially trained Flying Instructors. The PPL is a full qualification in its own right and also a foundation on which to build other skills such as flying at night or on instruments. We operate the Piper Warriors at Compton, but the licence will enable you to fly a variety of single engine aircraft. If you would like to learn to fly in something a little bit different - our deHavilland Chipmunk is also available to learn in.

​More Information:
We do our best to keep you with the same instructor throughout your training to help with continuity and confidence – and with personalised one-to-one training you cover the course at a pace that suits you. Each lesson is a two hour block with an hours flying and an hours free ground school. This means you comfortably cover the subjects that form the multiple choice exams and can sit them with confidence. You will enjoy the benefits of training at an airfield with no controlled airspace or commercial traffic to contend with. Not only does this save you money as you can do all your training at your home field, but it provides a relaxed training environment. Learning on grass (the most common landing surface) will also mean you develop a high level of aircraft handling skill.

Age: You can start to log hours from 14, go solo at 16 and apply for your licence at 17 years of age. As an upper age limit guide most insurers consider 80 a cut-off point. There are exceptions to the rule however - and you can still fly with an instructor after this big birthday!

Medical Requirements: You will need a medical certificate before you are able to fly the aircraft solo – so around 12-25 hours in to your course. We can provide you with a list of GPs qualified to do this in your area.

Time Scale: You can do your licence in a matter of weeks with an intensive training course – or do it at a leisurely pace with one lesson a month or so. Most people take about a year which is an ideal balance between good progress and taking the time to really enjoy your flying. There is a requirement for additional ground school which you will do and pay for per hour with your instructor as and when you need to do it. 

The important bits: Click here for our price lists. As we own and operate the whole aerodrome we can keep our rates low whether you opt for the pay-as-you-go option or the pre-payment option of our ‘PPL Packages’. You will not have to pay for any landings at Compton during your training here, so will save money both on this, and by not having to travel to another airfield to do them.  

ADVANCED PPL
Designed to enhance the skills you acquire throughout your PPL or LAPL, this course will give you more confidence in your flying ability through advanced training. Above all - you will enjoy a new challenge and explore the boundaries of your skill set with an experienced FI. 

You can pay for the course in advance or choose the areas you would like to focus on and pay as  you go. All you need to do to start is be a member of the club. If you would like to chat about the course in more detail please give us a call. You can see the prices here
 
ADVANCED NAVIGATION Transit through controlled airspace and cover different radio calls
Learn how to fly an ILS and to unusual attitudes in IR conditions
Low visibility navigation
Cross channel planning & briefing*
DIFFERENCES TRAINING An introduction to tailwheel aircraft and open cockpit training**
Mircolight flying
Right hand seat flying
HANDLING SKILLS & ADVANCED CIRCUITS Soft & short field take offs and landings, including precision landings
Side slipping & curved approaches
Maximum rate turns
Crosswind landings – crabbing & wing down techniques
Severe attitude recovery experience & spin recovery
EMERGENCIES Hone your PFL & EFATO skills & learn different techniques
Cover various system failures; full, vacuum pump, electrical, communication
Flying on limited controls & power including aileron, elevator & throttle
Cockpit door opening in flight – responses

* If you wish to fly the planned route we can arrange this for an additional cost
** This can be done in the club’s Chipmunk for an additional cost
 
EASA LIGHT AIRCRAFT PILOTS LICENCE (LAPL)

The LAPL covers a very similar course content to the PPL (see above). The main difference is that you can only add certain ratings to your LAPL licence ( night VFR, towing and mountain ) and you cannot add an instrument rating or instructor rating. . So if your aim is to fly with friends and family in good weather conditions this is the ideal licence for you. You need 30 hours to apply for your licence as opposed to 45 for the PPL, and the medical can be done by your GP.

More Information: 
We do our best to keep you with the same instructor throughout your training to help with continuity and confidence – and with personalised one-to-one training you cover the course at a pace that suits you. Each lesson is a two hour block with an hours flying and an hours free ground school. This means you comfortably cover the subjects that form the multiple choice exams and can sit them with confidence. You will enjoy the benefits of training at an airfield with no controlled airspace or commercial traffic to contend with. Not only does this save you money as you can do all your training at your home field, but it provides a relaxed training environment. Learning on grass (the most common landing surface) will also mean you develop a high level of aircraft handling skill.

Age: You can start to log hours from 14, go solo at 16 and apply for your licence at 17 years of age. As an upper age limit guide most insurers consider 80 a cut-off point. There are exceptions to the rule however - and you can still fly with an instructor after this big birthday!

Medical Requirements: You will need a medical certificate before you are able to fly the aircraft solo – so around 12-25 hours in to your course. The form for this along with the link for finding suitably qualified GP's is on the CAA website here

Time Scale: You can do your licence in a matter of weeks with an intensive training course – or do it at a leisurely pace with one lesson a month or so. Most people take about a year which is an ideal balance between good progress and taking the time to really enjoy your flying. In 2014 the CAA introduced a requirement for additional ground school which you will do and pay for per hour with your instructor as and when you need to do it. 

The important bits: Click here for our price lists. As we own and operate the whole aerodrome we can keep our rates low whether you opt for the pay-as-you-go option or the pre-payment option of our ‘LAPL Packages’. You will not have to pay for any landings at Compton during your training here, so will save money both on this, and by not having to travel to another airfield to do them.  

NATIONAL PRIVATE PILOTS LICENCE (MICROLIGHT)

Microlight training at Compton is carried out in the Ikarus C42 aircraft. This is like a conventional aeroplane with the main difference being maximum total weight limit of 450kg, and it being limited to 2 seats. The C42 is a spacious, modern aircraft with the comfort and performance of a larger aircraft, only less expensive to run. Microlighting is a great way of flying at a relatively low cost in a wide range of aircraft.

More Information:
We do our best to keep you with the same instructor throughout your training to help with continuity and confidence – and with personalised one-to-one training you cover the course at a pace that suits you. Each lesson is a two hour block with an hours flying and an hours free ground school. In addition to some slef study and one to one ground school you'll be well prepared for your multiple choice exams and be able to sit them in confidence. At Compton you will reap the rewards of training at a fully licenced CAA aerodrome with an air-ground radio station. Learning on grass (the most common landing surface) will also mean you develop a high level of aircraft handling skill.

Age: You can start to log hours from 14, go solo at 16 and apply for your licence at 17 years of age. As an upper age limit guide most insurers consider 80 a cut-off point. There are exceptions to the rule however - and you can still fly with an instructor after this big birthday!

Medical Requirements: You will need a self certification medical before you are able to fly the aircraft solo – so around 12-25 hours in to your course. You just need to arrange this with your GP. Charges may apply but we can advise you on this early in your training. 

Time Scale: You can do your licence in a matter of weeks with an intensive training course – or do it at a leisurely pace with one lesson a month or so. Most people take about a year which is an ideal balance between good progress and taking the time to really enjoy your flying.

The important bits: Click here for our price lists. As we own and operate the whole aerodrome we can keep our rates low for you. You will not have to pay for any landings during your training here, so will save money both on this, and by not having to travel to another airfield to do them. 

Light Sport or Microlight flying is on the increase in England due to the ever advancing aircraft capabilities and the relative low cost of running and maintaining these aircraft. As a result training is low cost in comparison to General Aviation flying. And if you decide to 'upgrade' to the larger aircraft - some of the hours you will have gained from the Microlight licence will count towards a PPL or NPPL. 

INSTRUMENT TRAINING (RESTRICTED INSTRUMENT RATING)
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The IMC rating or IR(R) will give you greater confidence in the air, increase your skills as a pilot and give you a solid grounding in instrument flying. Although the IMC rating may cease to exist in April 2018 – those who achieve their rating before this time will be entitled to grandfather rights. Your experience will never expire.   

The Essentials
​​The IR(R) course consists of 15 hours of instruction in the air and 20 hours instruction on the ground. You will take one ground exam which we will prepare you for, with the help of study guides.  Once the course has been completed you will fly with an examiner covering the areas outlined below – which we can easily arrange for you with our resident examiner. 

The Course
​​Full and Limited panel instrument flying covering straight and level flying; turns on to specific heading, climbing and descending, recovery from unusual attitudes and some partial panel flying. You will also use one or more radio navigation aids to maintain a given track for a given period of time.  Let down and approach procedures will be covered including approaches to a decision height and the appropriate go around and missed approach procedures. Bad weather circuits will also be covered under simulated bad weather conditions.
 
The Cost
Have a look at the Compton Price List for the hourly rates for IR(R) training. Training can be carried out in your own aircraft or in one of the clubs.
 

  • To keep costs low for you, you’ll pay separately for any practice approaches on the day under the guidance of your instructor. 
    • ILS/DME and NDB/DME approaches can be done at Bournemouth.
    • Yeovil (Westland) can do NDB/DME approaches on weekdays.
  • We have a range of instructors and examiners that we can call upon all of whom can be contacted through Compton Operations. 
  • One ground exam consisting of 25 questions needs to be sat with us with a pass mark of 75% and cost of £30.

Both the Trevor Thom study guide and IR(R) Confuser are available in our Pooley’s shop on site, as a member you are entitled to a discount on all Pooley’s equipment. 
Please contact us if you require any further information, or even better arrange a time to come up and chat to one of our instructors. We’re here 7 days a week for you. Please see overleaf for the minimum requirements and course content. We hope to see you soon!

THE UK INSTRUMENT RATING (RESTRICTED) 
​UK IR(R) RATING FLYING TRAINING/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
When applying for an IR(R) Rating you must produce logbook evidence of having met the following flying requirements:

        25 hours total experience as pilot of aeroplanes following PPL issue and which must include (a), (b),            (c) and (d) below.

  1. 10 hours as Pilot in Command of aeroplanes to include (c) below.
  2. 5 hours as Pilot in Command of aeroplanes on cross-country flights (> 3NM from CA)
  3. 15 hours as Pilot under Training in instrument flying with an instructor in a dual controlled aeroplane (during IR(R) Course). Up to 5 hours of which may be in a JAR-STD device qualified BITD, FNPT I, FNPT II or up to 2 hours of which may be in other FSTDs recognised by the Authority
  4. 10 hours total flight time by sole reference to instruments (during IR(R) course). 

UK IR(R) RATING GROUND EXAMINATION
The pass mark for the IR(R) ground examination is 75%. 

UK IR(R) RATING (REVALIDATION AND RENEWAL)
The privileges of an IR(R) Rating may not be exercised unless your UK issued aeroplane pilot licence contains a valid IR(R) rating C of T.
The period of validity of the C of T is 25 months from the date of the last satisfactory flight test (recorded in the National Ratings Certificate of Revalidation).
Note however that holders of a UK national CPL(A) or ATPL(A) need only maintain a valid licence, medical certificate and aircraft rating. 
REVALIDATION
The IR(R) Rating will be revalidated by revalidation Flight Test. The candidate is also to show logbook evidence that, in the period between initial and/or revalidation flight tests; he has successfully completed a let-down and approach to DH/MDH, a go-around and a missed approach procedure, using an aid of a different type from that used during item (b) of the test. This shall be accomplished to the satisfaction of an instructor qualified to give instrument flying instruction. Alternatively, the candidate may carry out two approach procedures using different aids during the re-validation flight test. 
​RENEWAL
For a period not exceeding 5 years from the expiry date of the rating, the re-validation terms will apply to renew the IR(R) rating.
For a period exceeding 5 years from the expiry date of the rating, a candidate will be required to carry out dual instruction, at the HOT discretion, covering the IR(R) rating course with an IR(R) rating instructor, and pass the Initial IR(R) Rating Test with an IR(R) Rating Examiner in a suitably equipped aircraft. If the rating has expired by more than 10 years, then successful completion of the IR(R) Ground Examination will also be required. 
FLYING COMPANIONS COURSE

 This course in invaluable for those who fly regularly as passengers and would like to become more involved in the experience. It is also great for increasing confidence and as a course in its own right – giving you an enjoyable and informative introduction to flying light aircraft.

Your flying instructor will talk through the course layout with you and personalise it - so that we focus on areas that will enable you to realise your own aims. You don’t need any previous experience or knowledge of aviation for this course, we start from the very beginning. 

Whats involved?
We suggest following the course layout as detailed below. But if there are any areas you particularly want to focus on we change this to suit you;

Lesson 1 Effects of controls
Primary effects of controls, use of flaps, ‘trimming’ the aircraft & effect of power
Lesson 2 Straight & Level Flight
How to fly at a constant altitude & direction, flying at different power settings
Lesson 3 Climbing, Descending & Turning
Enter climbs & descents, levelling off, turning on to different headings in the cruise
Lesson 4 The Circuit Introduction & Stalling
How to join and fly a circuit pattern, and recognise & recover from a stall
Lesson 5 Circuits
Practice take-offs and landings on our grass runway
Lesson 6 Circuits
More practice at controlling the aircraft during take-off and land
Lesson 7 Navigation
Basic navigation and map reading skills
Lesson 8 Emergency drills
What to do in certain emergency situations (such as being lost)

 
We will also cover taxiing an aircraft on the ground, how to communicate on the radio and the checks that are carried out in flight. You will also learn how to prepare the aircraft for flight. Payment is on a pay as you go basis in any of our main fleet (the Ikarus C42, Piper Warrior or Chipmunk).

RENEWALS & REVALIDATIONS
If your licence has lapsed or you need to do your bi-annual flight with an instructor we can do this for you. With a choice of experienced instructors and examiners that can cover all sorts of aircraft tyoes, we can carry out the flight in your own aircraft, or in one of our fleet. Have a look here for the prices, and if you have any questions regarding your paperwork please get in touch with us at Compton. 







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