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

Trial Lesson Frequently Asked Questions

On a Trial Lesson, you'll sit in the left hand (Captain's) seat and you'll be able to exerience flying the aircraft and operating some of the main controls.
That's totally up to you, after all, you know the person you're buying it for better than anyone. However, we can guide you by saying that all our lessons involve hands-on control of the aircraft. The 30 minute flights usually give enough time to fly around the local area, but if you're wanting to go further afeild, we reccomend the 60 minute flight. The four seater aircraft allows two passengers to share the experience, whereas the two seater does not.
The voucher cannot be exchanged for any other goods and/or services. The voucher may be upgraded for an increased duration of lesson or larger aircraft (where applicable) but the client will be liable for the cost to upgrade the voucher. The voucher is valid for six months from the date of purchase. The voucher may be extended beyond the expiry date but a cost of £15.00 per month will be charged for this service. Gamston Flying School will honour the extension fee providing that a booking was cancelled by Gamston Flying School due to unsuitable weather or aircraft availability. In the event that the client does not attend a booked slot, the voucher will be claimed as used and no refund will be offered. Refunds may be given provided that the voucher is valid and unused but an administration fee of £20.00 will be incurred. A receipt of payment and the voucher code must be provided for the voucher to be refunded. All clients wishing to participate in the flight must sign in as a temporary member.
You should have a confirmation from PayPal that your order was accepted. If so, we'll post the voucher out to you. The recipient will then be able to book their flight when it's convenient for them. It's that simple! Vouchers are sent by Royal Mail First Class. Please allow a few days for it to arrive.
You should have a confirmation from PayPal that your order was accepted, if so, check your email for your eVoucher. If you don't see your eVoucher in your inbox, please check your junk mail folder. Emails are sent from
Please check your email's junk mail folder. If you still can't find your eVoucher there, give us a call on 01777 838222 and we'll do our best to get your eVoucher to you.
You'll be asked to fill in our electronic temporary members form, which we need for insurance purposes. Your instructor will give you a safety brief and walk you to the aircraft. You'll be shown around the aircraft before climbing in. After take-off, you'll be encouraged to take control whilst flying.
It's advised that you arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before your allocated time, due to limited waiting facilities in the office. There is also a cafe on the airfield in which you can wait.
We're unable to offer Trial Lessons in unsuitable weather conditions for safety reasons, but also because you probably won't enjoy your exerience. It may be obvious that it's foggy or very windy or less obvious, such as the cloudbase may be very low. The weather may also be localised, so please telephone to avoid a wasted journey. We'll contact you if we can, and we'll always do our best to re-book your lesson.
It's best to wear comfortable non-restrictive clothing, and avoid high-heeled shoes or boots. Non-slip soles are best. It's worth bringing a sweater or jacket, although all our aircraft have heaters and will be almost as warm as your car, sometimes in winter they can be draughty. Also, don't forget your camera!
We can sign you up as a member on the day, or you can take some information away to think about at home.
Customer feedback is important to us. Because of this, we send one follow up email on the day of your experience. That's all you'll hear from us. If you enjoyed your experience, please fill the survey in!