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!

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

Additional Training

We offer training to gain additional ratings and privileges to add on to your licence. From differences training to Multi-Engine Piston Ratings.

  • Differences Training

    You can undertake additional training to convert onto different types of aeroplane, or those with more advanced equipment or systems. Although no ratings are awarded, specific training is required to qualify to fly aircraft with a constant-speed propeller or retractable undercarriage.

  • Night Rating

    This allows you to fly during the hours of 'official night'. It can be invaluable if you get delayed during a flight and may enable you to continue to your destination, rather than land somewhere else over night. A minimum of 5 hours flying training must be completed, which include at least 3 hours of dual flight, a one-hour dual navigation exercise and five solo take offs and landings.

  • IR(R) Rating

    The restricted Instrument Rating rating allows you to pilot your aircraft in slightly worse weather conditions, where visibility is lower than visual meteorological conditions. The rating is designed to give you the skills to divert to an area of better weather, or land in deteriorating weather conditions. The training consists of a minimum of 15 hours, including 10 hours flying solely by reference to the aircraft's instruments.

  • MEP (Land) Rating

    The Multi Engine Piston rating extends the privileges of your PPL and allows you to pilot aircraft with more than one engine. Your training will encompass learning to operate the aircraft as per your Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL), except on two engines and then learning to operate the aircraft as if an engine had failed - asymmetrically.

Requirements to Start

You must hold a valid medical certificate issued in accordance with Part-MED.

You must hold a valid medical certificate issued in accordance with Part-MED. The Night Rating training can be completed alongside training towards a LAPL or PPL, however, the hours gained from the Night Rating cannot count towards the issue of the main licence.

You must hold a valid UK/EASA PPL/CPL and a valid FROTL (Radio Operator's Certificate). You must also hold a valid medical certificate issued in accordance with Part-MED. You must have completed at least 25 hours total flight experience following PPL issue, which must include:

  • 10 hours of PIC flight, which must include:
    • 5 hours cross-country flight.

You must hold a valid UK/EASA PPL/CPL and a valid FROTL (Radio Operator's Certificate). You must also hold a valid medical certificate issued in accordance with Part-MED. You must have completed at least 70 hours total flight experience as PIC.

Renewal and Revalidation

Once you have a rating, you have to do something to keep it current. The drop down below helps you work out what you need to do.
If you're still unsure of how to keep your ratings current, feel free to contact us, and we'll do what we can point you in the right direction.

The rating is valid for 2 years from the date when you pass the SEP skills test, revalidate or renew.

To revalidate you must:

  • within the 3 months before the rating's expiry date, pass a proficiency check in an SEP aircraft with an examiner;
  • or
  • within the 12 months before the expiry date of the rating, complete 12 hours of flight time in SEP aircraft, including:
    • 6 hours as PIC;
    • 12 take-offs and 12 landings; and
    • a training flight of at least 1 hour with a flight instructor (FI) or a class rating instructor (CRI). (You are exempt from this flight if you have passed a class or type rating proficiency check or skill test in any other class or type of aeroplane within the 12 months before the expiry date.)

If your SEP rating has expired and you wish to continue flying, you must renew. To renew you must have:

  • taken refresher training conducted by an ATO, when necessary to reach the level of proficiency necessary to safely operate an SEP aeroplane
  • and
  • passed a proficiency check in an SEP aircraft with an examiner

The Night Rating is a non-expiring rating. It is valid for life.

However, to carry passengers you must have completed three takeoff and landings in the last 90 days, one of which must have been at night.

The IR(R) rating is valid for 25 months from the date when you pass the IR(R) skills test, revalidate or renew.

Regardless of whether you are revalidating or renewing your IR(R) rating, you must pass a proficiency check with an examiner.

The MEP (Land) rating is valid for 12 months.

To revalidate the rating you must pass a proficiency check within three months prior to expiry. If you have not flown at least 10 route sectors as pilot of MEP aircraft (or type) then one route sector must be flown as part of the proficiency check. A route sector is a flight with take-off, departure, cruise of not less than 15 minutes, arrival, approach and landing phases.

To renew the rating if expired, you need to take refresher training and pass a proficiency check at an ATO.

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