Why Phoenix Flight Training?

I have been training pilots for over thirty years.

Real-life strategy to reach your goals.

From nervous novice to confident captain, I've seen it all. Whether you are learning to fly for pleasure or as a career I can start you on this journey.

  • Some of my former students now fly for major airlines.

  • I am a UK Civil Aviation Authority flight and ground examiner .

  • As director and owner of Phoenix Flight Training Cumbernauld ltd, I have a vested interest in the success of all my students.

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Learning to fly is a hugely rewarding experience.

Whether you are learning to fly for pleasure or as a career Phoenix Flight Training can start you on your journey.


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Frequently Asked Questions

When you make the decision to learn how to fly, it's natural to have a lot of questions. To help you get started, here is a list of some common questions that are asked at Phoenix Flight Training.

If you can't find the answer you're looking for here, or if you need further clarification, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're here to help and we'll do our best to answer all of your questions.

Can I take flying lessons if I wear glasses?2024-01-31T12:16:37+00:00

Yes. Many pilots wear glasses.

What age do I need to be to start flying lessons?2024-01-31T12:22:02+00:00

You can start flying lessons at 14 but must be 17 to hold a licence for aeroplanes or helicopters.

How do I book and pay for my flying lessons?2024-01-31T12:46:28+00:00

You can book flying lessons directly on this website. However, before being granted access to the direct booking facility, you must first become a member of Phoenix Flight Training. To become a member, please complete the form on the Contact Page to arrange a meeting at Phoenix Flight Training in Cumbernauld Airport.

How often do I need to fly to maintain my pilot’s license?2024-02-08T12:27:02+00:00

A license, once granted, is good forever (barring some enforcement action).

But you need more than just a license to fly. To use your license while flying solo, you also need a Medical Certificate (if required by the aircraft or flight rules) and a Current BFR (Biennial Flight Review).

Medical Certificates are good for five years until you’re 40, then for two years. They require a quick trip to an FAA-approved doctor to examine you for any obvious medical conditions.

A BFR is a review with an instructor every two years to ensure you’re still proficient and safe. If all goes well, it takes about 90 minutes.

What kind of medical certification is required to become a pilot?2024-02-08T12:41:15+00:00

For a Personal Pilot’s License, you need a Class 2 medical certificate. To apply for a Class 2 medical certificate, you must have a medical examination by an Aeromedical Examiner (AME). If you meet the medical requirements, the AME will issue your certificate. To book your examination, you must make an appointment directly with an AME. Use our AME search to find one near you. An AME is a specially qualified doctor certificated to issue UK medical certificates to pilots.

Validity period

How long a Class 2 medical certificate is valid depends on what age you are when you are examined. If you are under 40, the certificate will be valid for 60 months. Please note that if you are issued a class 2 medical before you reach 40, it will no longer be valid once you reach 42. If you are between 40 and 50, the certificate will be valid for 24 months. Please note that if you are issued with a class 2 medical before you reach 50, it will no longer be valid once you reach 51. If you are aged 50 or over, the certificate will be valid for 12 months.

How long does it take to get a pilot’s license?2024-02-08T12:58:43+00:00
The minimum requirements for a LAPL are:
  • Minimum 30 hours of training, of which 15 must be dual.
  • Six hours of supervised solo time, including at least 3 hours of solo cross country and a qualifying solo cross country flight of at least 80 nautical miles with one full stop landing at an airfield other than the departure airfield.
  • Pass 9 CAA Ground exams.
  • PASS a class 2 medical.
  • Pass a test with a CAA examiner.
  • Hold a LAPL or class 2 medical.
The minimum requirements for UK CAA Private Pilot Licence are:
  • A minimum of 45 hours of training, of which at least 10 hours must be supervised solo time.
  • Minimum 25 hours dual.
  • A qualifying solo cross-country flight of at least 150nm with two full-stop landings at two other airfields.
  • Pass nine ground exams.
  • Obtain a class 2 medical.
  • Pass a flight test with a CAA examiner.
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