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


Learn to Fly - The EASA Private Pilots Licence

The Private Pilot’s Licence is a wonderful way to broaden your horizons and open up a whole new world. It becomes very easy to jet off to the Isle of Man for lunch or to France to stock up on duty free!

Whether you are looking for a career within the airlines, to fly for pleasure, or just a new challenge, Gamston Flying School can set you off on the airway to success. There are no entrance examinations and if you can drive, you will probably find that you can fly!

The EASA-PPL requires a minimum of 45 hours flying, 10 of which will be spent flying the aircraft solo, when the instructor feels that you are ready. The course is very structured, and you will find that it does not take long before you are able to control the aircraft accurately and safely. You will then learn to use the radio, to navigate, and what to do if things don’t go according to plan!

The time that it takes to achieve the EASA-PPL depends upon the frequency of your lessons. If you take one or two lessons per week, which seems to be most popular with students, you can expect to have your licence within a year of starting. It is possible, however, to take a very intensive course and gain your licence in around three weeks. If you wish to fly only once a month, we can cater for that as well!


Hours Requirement

To gain an EASA PPL, there is a minimum hours requirement of 45 hours.

Medical Requirement

You will also need a medical certificate in order to fly solo. We can recommend a doctor to you.

Ground Examinations

There are nine ground examinations that you'll need to pass before gaining a PPL.

Minimum Age Requirement

The minimum age to start logging flights is 14. You will be able to fly solo at 16.

Available Year-round

As long as we have good enough weather to fly, we'll fly. Often, the better flying months are in the winter.

Continuing Your Training

After gaining a PPL, you are able to add additional ratings to your licence that enable you to do more.

The Course Structure


The course is a mixture of flying exercises and theoretical knowledge examinations.

There are nineteen flying exercises to complete.
Some exercises are split in to part 1 and 2. Most exercises take around an hour to complete.


There are nine theoretical knowledge examinations. They're multiple choice and can be sat with us.


We recommend booking a slot at least once a month or more frequently.

  • Nineteen Flying Exercises

    From General Handling exercises, like climbing and turning, to Navigation exercises on cross country routes.

  • Nine Theoretical Knowledge Exams

    With subjects including 'Aviation Law', 'Communications', 'Human Performance and Limitations' and 'Meteorology'.

  • Practical Assessments

    You'll also require a Flight Radio Telephony Operators Licence (FRTOL) and to pass a practical flying Skills Test.

What We Can Offer


Friendly 1-1 Instruction

Our generous slot times mean that you get quality 1-1 time with your instructor.

Products to Help

We stock Pooleys products that you will need for your training, alongside extras to help you along the way.

Ground School

We offer ground school sessions spread throughout the year, aimed at helping those struggling to pass the exams.

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