Gamston Flying School

We're a friendly and professional flying school based just off the A1 near Retford, Nottinghamshire. We're less than an hour from Doncaster, Sheffield, Newark, Gainsborough, Mansfield, Nottingham and Lincoln. Gamston Flying School opened for business in 2011, but just because we're young, it doesn't mean that we're not experienced! All of our Instructors have EASA Commercial Pilots Licences and we even have our own in-house examiners!

Contact Us

Gamston Flying School Ltd
Retford (Gamston) Airport, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 0QL
P: 01777 838222
Email: info@gamstonflyingschool.co.uk

Josh Mawson

Josh Mawson

PPL Holder

"Gamston Flying School really are a first class training provider. I would totally recommend them to anyone."

Why did I decide to become a pilot and why?

From a young age, like most, I was fascinated with aviation. As I grew older this fascination never left me. Always looking to the sky thinking ‘Imagine if’. It was always my dream that I am now lucky enough to be able to follow. I like that no two days are the same and that there is always something new to learn. After my first flight with GFS I knew I had 'The Bug'. Its something that can only be described as an addiction. From that moment I knew it was inevitable I had to follow my dream and become a pilot. The sense of achievement is overwhelming, the principles of flight are mind boggling, the travel is a bonus and the views aren't half bad either.

My training at Gamston Flying School...

I’ll start by saying that I could not have found a better place to start my training than Gamston Flying School. The whole team there are great. They give you the best support and the best service. Their professionalism really stands out across the business. I managed to get my PPL in just 10 weeks thanks to GFS. They have fantastic instructors and a great course structure. I have met some good friends and I will never forget my time here. Gamston Flying School really are a first class training provider. I would totally recommend them to anyone.

What I am currently doing...

I now have my PPL. Along side working full time I am currently studying for my ATPLs, hopefully taking my first 6 exams shortly. I am also hour building to get 100 hours PIC time so I can start my CPL/MEP/IR course upon my ATPL completion.

What are my future plans?

I'd like to get my (F)ATPL hopefully within the following 12 months and to ultimately fly for an airline company.

Other Customers


Mark Brookes

PPL Holder

"Their friendly, fun approach made my experience unforgettable."

Nick Spencer

ATPL Holder

"I've made great friends for life at Gamston Flying School, and I know many others who come here do."

Debs Eastwood

PPL Holder

"I have nothing but praise for Gamston Flying School."