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

Mark Brookes

Mark Brookes

PPL Holder

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

Why did I decide to become a pilot?

I’m 34 and always had dreams in pursuing a career as an airline pilot. From the early age of 10 years old I got taken to airshows by my parents and knew then that I wanted to fly. At the age of 15 I joined the air cadets. I left school at 16 and I got a job as an engineer where I worked at the same company for 18 years. Still having this burning desire to become a pilot, I did 2-3 months of information gathering and decided to take the leap of faith into the unknown, quit my job and focused on becoming a airline pilot.

Why I chose Gamston Flying School

After gathering all the information I phoned Gamston Flying School and had a good chat to them. They were very helpful in answering all the questions that I had, so I booked my first lesson with them. I found them really easy going, professional and couldn’t do enough to fulfil my requirements (as I want to do my PPL intensively). They steered me onto the right path. One big bonus is that they have a Gamston Flying School App where you can book your lessons, have chats with others in the same position and use the Questions & Answers section which prepares you for the ground exams. Gamston's location allows you to fly in and around controlled airspace, the coast and peak district and you also you get amazing facilities at the airport itself. Their friendly, fun approach made my experience unforgettable.

The next steps for me...

It took me 10 weeks from start to finish to gain my PPL and I'm now well into the next step doing my ATPLs. I'm still hour building at Gamston Flying School. After ATPLs I'll be moving on to my CPL/MEP/IR. I’m so excited to what the future holds for me and I’m living the dream!

Other Customers


Tom Bennett

fATPL Holder

"I had chance to meet lots of new friends and build valuable connections."

Josh Mawson

PPL Holder

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

Martin Windley

PPL Student

"What I liked about Gamston immediately was the warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere."