The Derby Aero Club and Flying
School was originally formed in 1987 to provide flying training and aircraft
hire from the original Derby Airfield at Burnaston.
The School and Club grew very
quickly to be one of the largest clubs in the UK. However, due to the
loss of Burnaston Airfield in 1990 to an unnamed Japanese car factory,
the Club was forced to relocate.
Now, on its own airfield,
only two miles from Burnaston, the Club continues to grow in size, experience
The Club offers all forms
of flying training, together with aircraft hire and trial
lessons, all backed by a strong and friendly social
Also on site is a pilot
shop able to equip any aviator with whatever he/she desires.
Learning To Fly At Derby
The Derby Aero Club is the
ideal place to learn to fly with many advantages over other flying schools.
Firstly, we own and operate
our airfield. This means that everything is directed towards your training
requirements. There is no other traffic. Flying training is the main
Secondly, the airfield is
outside controlled airspace, offering unrestricted access to flying
with no chance of delay caused by priority given to commercial airliners
or other traffic such as gliding or parachuting.
We have three runways so
that we can take off and land into wind, or nearly so, regardless of
the wind direction.
We are a CAA Approved and
Registered Flying Training School, with our own in-house CAA Approved
Finally, there are no landing
fees at Derby for our club aircraft.
All these features enable
you to get the best from your flying time.
For those wishing to obtain
their PPL or other ratings, the Derby Aero club & Flying School
offers a complete aviation service 'in house' with its own instructors,
examiners and engineers.
The club operates its own
maintenance facility. Routine servicing on Club aircraft is scheduled
so that the aircraft are where they should be, ready for use.
Flying training is carried
out in a friendly club atmosphere by a team
of highly qualified and experienced instructors who are totally dedicated
to helping you achieve the highest standards in flying. By the time
you obtain your PPL you will be a safe, competent pilot with a good
basis from which to develop your flying career. More advanced training
is available for pilots wishing to progress commercially.
As a mark of recognition,
the Derby Aero Club won the top national award, the Lennox-Boyd Trophy,
for efficiency and contributions to flying training.
The Derby Aero Club also
has an energetic social committee which organises
an active social calendar of events.