FAQs – meeting your requirements to become a pilot with our aircraft hire

My Booking

Can you help me meet the requirements to become a pilot?

Yes! Our aircraft hire packages allow you to build your pilot flying hours for CPL, helping you to meet the requirements to become a pilot on a commercial basis.

How are the flight hours measured?

Keeping track of your flying hours is an essential requirement to become a pilot. All of our aircraft are fitted with Hobbs meters. Upon commencement of your booking, the Hobbs figure will be noted and the number of pilot flying hours purchased will be measured from there.

As an example, if you purchased 25 flying hours with us, and the Hobbs meter read 1010.0 upon commencement of your booking, your final Hobbs time would be 1035.0.

The Hobbs meter is driven by oil pressure, and therefore engine start time.

What happens to my pilot flying hours if the weather is poor throughout my booking?

While we’re unable to provide you with a refund of flying hours due to poor weather, we can reschedule or extend your booking according to aircraft availability.

Is the aircraft insured for flights into Europe?

Yes, the aircraft insurance covers flights into Europe, with some exceptions. Please contact us with your specific requirements, and we’ll be able to advise accordingly.

What is a ‘dry rate’?

A dry rate refers to the hire of the aircraft without fuel and additional lubricants.

Is there a minimum number of flying hours required for each rental?

Because we maintain, clean, and organise the aircraft ahead of each booking, we ask for a minimum of 5 hours rental. However, we can accept day hires under certain conditions; please contact us directly for more information.

Will anyone else use be using the aircraft?

No, our aircraft hire is exclusive to the hiring pilot, so you won’t share the aircraft with anyone else for the duration of the hire period.

It’s a great opportunity for you to build experience in another important requirement to become a pilot – giving you insight into maintaining and caring for an aircraft, and preparing you for owning your own one day! This will help to improve your approach to your future commercial flying career.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept all major credit/debit cards including American Express and Android and Apple Pay.

Do you offer any additional support?

Yes, we do! In addition to help you meet your flying hour requirements to become a pilot, we also offer high quality pilot mentoring services to improve your knowledge, understanding and skills.

The Aircraft

What oil does the aircraft take and do I have to pay for additional top ups?

Most of our aircraft use multi-grade oil, generally 15W50. Exact details will be provided on the ‘My Booking’ page of the website. As we operate ‘dry hire’ rates, any additional top ups would be the responsibility of the hiree.

Does the aircraft have to be returned to its ‘base’ every night?

No, you can treat the aircraft similar to that of a hire car. Enjoy the flexibility of staying overnight at other airfields; you’ll need to cover landing and parking fees that apply. We can even move your aircraft to a preferred airfield if you wish for an additional fee.

Does the aircraft need to be hangared?

No, while we’d welcome the opportunity for the aircraft to be hangared throughout your hire period, there is no requirement for that to take place. Providing the aircraft is tied down in a safe location, and the cover (if provided) remains fitted after each flight, that meets our hire requirements.

What if my aircraft has a technical problem during my booking?

Our friendly engineering partners regularly maintain our aircraft at Bagby Airfield in North Yorkshire. They take steps to ensure that before each hire, the aircraft is defect-free. However, as with many aircraft, you may notice a fault develop during your hire period. Depending on the severity depends on how we will handle the defect. In most cases, defects will be noted and deferred until the next scheduled inspection. However, we may ask you to return the aircraft to us at Bagby for repairs to be undertaken or where the aircraft is grounded; we will aim to get an engineer to your location within five working days. Taking good care of the aircraft will prevent many issues from occurring; please see the aircraft information in my hangar once booked to find out more.

Will I need to bring the aircraft back during my booking for scheduled maintenance inspections?

Yes, we will require the aircraft back roughly every 50hrs since the last check. Depending on the inspection taking place, this is usually completed the same day; however, if the engineering does run over for factors outside of our control, you may be required to depart the following day. We can help organise accommodation on your behalf if this is the case. One of the team will work closely with you to plan and organise this in advance.

Am I able to use my restricted IR on any of your aircraft?

Yes, please contact us for further details.