Beginners' Guides

Our beginners' guides are designed to give you the information you need, to find the kind of flying training you want. Our aim is to be as unbiased as possible, and give you impartial information free from external influence. Content in this part of the website will always be Ad-free and free of charge. Transparency is really important to us, so, so any content produced with the support of other organisations will always be clearly marked as such.
This part of the site is new for July 2021. We will be adding to it over the coming months, so keep checking back!

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Flying Free-flight

Free-flight encompasses the flying disciplines hang-gliding, paragliding, para-motoring and human-powered flight. Effectively, any flying machine that is solely human-powered or steered by shifting the...

Flying Gliders

To try gliding, go the the British Gliding Association website and buy a voucher directly from the UK's gliding governing body. It's way cheaper...

Flying Helicopters

Helicopters use the same principles as aeroplanes to fly– they force air over a wing to develop lift. But whereas aeroplanes do this by...

Flying Aeroplanes

Aeroplanes fly by propelling themselves forward with enough speed that the air flowing over the wing can lift the entire machine off the ground....

Aviation

Aviation as we know it was born in 1903 at Kittyhawk Sands in the USA. The ‘Flyer’, designed by Bicycle-making brothers Orville and Wilbur...

Common Questions