Flight Training


Our structured approach to flight training has been developed after years of experience working for some of the biggest and best names both commercially and privately. We use industry-leading training material and adhere to the highest level of operating procedures. This lays a strong foundation of core skills you can call on throughout your entire flying career.

Full day tuition ensures rapid development

Instead of working around one instructor’s schedule and one hour per weekend, we travel to you and we work around your schedule. You will work one-to-one with an instructor for a full day at a time, allowing you to immerse yourself in the training and pick up additional information in breaks between flying. As a result your progress will be rapid and effective and enable you to achieve your goals in the shortest possible time. We strive to make your training a lot of fun with some memorable adventures along the way.

Cirrus Training Partner

Cirrus Approved Training Partner


We are a national leader in training pilots in Cirrus aircraft and we are proud to be an official Cirrus Training Partner. Cirrus Standardised Instructor Pilots (CSIPs) undergo extensive ground and flight training in Duluth at the Cirrus factory to ensure standardisation and expert knowledge in Cirrus flight instruction. As an official partner we can offer Cirrus Transition Training Certification that is recognised by insurance companies and Cirrus Training Centres around the world. This would allow you to hire our Cirrus SR22T or an aircraft abroad.

Licences & Ratings – Courses Available


Our PPL course provides you with the training and experience you need to captain a light aircraft. We work with you on a one to one basis, a full day at a time. With the aim of flying 4-5 hours per day you will progress through the flying course with consistent training meaning, you will achieve your dream of becoming a pilot in record time—approximately 4 week.

The PPL course will allow you to act as pilot in command (PIC) in non-commercial operations on aeroplanes or touring motor gliders (TMGs).

Entry Requirements

Applicants for a PPL(A) shall be at least 17 years of age. A student pilot for a PPL shall be at least 16 years of age before first solo flight.

Licence Issue & Experience Requirements

Applicants for a PPL (A) shall have completed at least 45 hours of flight instruction in aeroplanes, to include:

  • Dual flight instruction of 25 hours
  • Supervised solo flight time of 10 hours
  • Solo cross-country flight time of 5 hours, including a qualifying cross-country flight of at least 150 NM, during which 2 full stop landings at different aerodromes shall be made
  • A Class 2 medical certificate is required for the holder/applicant of a PPL and must be held before first solo. A medical can be sought from an aero medical examiner (A doctor who is authorised by the CAA to carry out Pilot Medicals and issue the appropriate certificate)
  • A practical radio operator’s exam with a minimum of Level 4 English language proficiency
  • Theoretical knowledge instruction and 9 written exams in the following subjects:
  • Air Law
  • Human Performance
  • Meteorology
  • Communications
  • Operational Procedures
  • Principles of Flight
  • Flight Performance & Planning
  • Aircraft General Knowledge
  • Navigation

Our PPL ground school is conducted by pplgroundschool.com as we believe Ash Holding to provide the most professional approach to theoretical knowledge instruction. With Ash’s guidance it’s possible to pass all 9 exams in a four day course. Prices for ground-school start at £750 for the 4 day intensive course and include a starter kit, pilot’s keynotes and CAA exam fees.

Visit: https://pplgroundschool.com/courses.html for further information.

  • A skills test conducted by an examiner to include a navigation route and general handling.

Cost Illustration

These figures are approximate and based on the completion of the PPL in the minimum 45 hours. The average number of hours required to complete the training is often around 55 hours. Progress can be made quite quickly when flying several hours a day and we strongly suggested the medical and ground examinations are passed prior to commencing the flight training.

Cirrus SR22 G3
Glass Cockpit—Garmin 1000 Perspective
Robin DR400
Analogue Instruments

EASA Class 2 Medical250
Equipment (Pooley’s Starter Kit)
PPL Ground School (4 days)750
PPL R/T practical Ground School (2 days) 425425
Full Day Training (15 days)8,250
Aircraft Hire (45 hours) 11,250
Fuel (45 hours)4,860
Landing and Touch & Go fees (Approx)500
Skill Test (Payable to Examiner)200200
Licence issue (Payable to CAA)196196

Night Rating

If you have a PPL (A) you can add a night rating to allow you to fly in visual flight rules (VFR) conditions at night. Night in the UK is from 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise. Applicants shall complete a training course within a period of up to 6 months at an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) to exercise the privileges of a PPL for aeroplanes under VFR at night. The course will include theory, dual instruction and solo flight time at night. The night rating is valid for life. But if you want to carry passengers at night the normal passenger rules of ‘3 take-off and landings in the past 90 days’ apply, with the addition that, unless you have a valid instrument rating, at least one of each must have been at night.

To add night ratings to an aeroplane licence your training will cover:

  1. Theoretical knowledge instruction
  2. 5 hours of flight time at night including at least:
    • (a) 3 hours of dual flying instruction
    • (b) 1 hour of cross-country navigation with at least one dual cross-country flight of at least 50km
    • (c) 5 solo take-offs and 5 solo full-stop landings

The night rating is a personal rating, not an aircraft rating, so if you have both a single-engine piston land (SEP land) and touring motor glider (TMG) class rating you can complete the training either or both classes.

Skills Test &/or Written Examination

There is no test or examination at the end of the training course.


There are no revalidation/renewal requirements.

Instrument Rating Restricted IR(R)

The Instrument Rating Restricted IR(R) is a UK National Rating and as such is only valid for flights in UK territorial airspace, Channel Islands and Isle of Man airspace. The rating allows the holder to fly cross country and carry out airfield approaches in reduced visibility weather using sole reference and guidance to onboard flight performance and navigation instruments

Our course consists of a minimum of 15 hours dual instruction, with a written examination and skills test. The pilot must have completed 25 hours post-PPL flying before the rating can be issued.

The privileges of the IR(R) allow:

  1. Flight in UK registered aeroplanes in UK airspace.
  2. Flight in IMC outside controlled airspace, (in Class G) and IFR flight in Class D or E controlled airspace with appropriate clearance
  3. Flight out of sight of surface with a minimum take off and landing in 1500m visibility.
  4. Let-down and approach procedures to a derived Decision Altitude/Height or Minimum Descent Altitude/Height and to undertake missed approach procedures.

Skills Test &/or Written Examination

You are required to pass a written examination and a skills test.


Renewal is required every 2 years. If your rating lapses you will require training sufficient to pass another skills test.

Cost Illustration

Cirrus SR22 G3
Glass Cockpit—Garmin 1000 Perspective
Robin DR400
Analogue Instruments

4 x Full Day Training£2,000
Aircraft Hire (15 hours)£3,750£1,200
Fuel (15 hours) £1,620£1,000
Landing / Touch & Go Fees£300£300
Instrument Approach Fees£320£320
Skill Test (Payable to Examiner)£200£200
Licence Issue (Payable to CAA)£150£150


The Competency Based Instrument Rating(IR) for aeroplanes is a modular flying training course designed to train PPL or CPL holders for the IR(A), taking into account prior instrument flight instruction and experience. It is designed to provide the level of proficiency needed to operate aeroplanes under IFR. The course shall be taken within an Approved Training Organisation (ATO).

Entry Requirements

  • Be the holder of a PPL(A) or CPL(A) including an appropriate medical certificate and class/type rating for the IR(A) sought e.g. single engine piston.
  • Completed at least 80 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction to the IR(A) knowledge level at an ATO. The course of theoretical knowledge instruction shall be completed within 18 months.
  • Pass the theoretical knowledge examinations.
  • The instrument flight instruction and the IR(A) skill test shall be completed within the period of validity (36 months) of the pass of the theoretical knowledge examinations.

Flight Training

  • To determine the amount of hours credited and to establish the training needs, the candidate shall complete a pre-entry assessment flight at an ATO. The content and duration of the pre-entry assessment shall be determined by the ATO based on the prior instrument experience of the candidate.
  • A single-engine CB-IR(A) course shall include at least 40 hours of instrument time under instruction.
  • When the candidate has completed instrument flight instruction provided by an IRI(A) or has prior experience of instrument flight time as PIC on aeroplanes, under a rating providing the privileges to fly under IFR and in IMC, these hours may be credited towards the 40 hours above up to maximum of 30 hours.
  • When the candidate has prior instrument flight time under instruction other than specified in 3) these hours may be credited towards the required 40 hours up to a maximum of 15 hours.
  • In any case, the flying training shall include at least 10 hours of instrument flight time under instruction in an aeroplane at an ATO.
  • The total amount of dual instrument instruction shall not be less than 25 hours.

Theoretical Knowledge Training

The competency based modular IR(A) course comprises at least 80 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction. You are required to pass 7 theoretical exams in the following subjects:

  • Meteorology
  • Air Law
  • IFR Communications
  • Human Performance
  • Instrumentation
  • Radio Navigation
  • Flight Planning

The pass mark in a theoretical knowledge exam is 75%.

After successful completion of the theoretical knowledge examinations they will be valid for the issue of a IR(A) for a period of 36 months.

We highly recommend CATS for the CB-IR theoretical knowledge training. They have a structured, self-study course backed up with excellent training materials, progress tests and classroom brush up courses.

Visit: https://www.catsaviation.com/courses/ir.html

Theory brush up courses are available with Ash Holding of pplgroundschool.com. Ash Holding provides the most professional approach to theoretical knowledge instruction ensuring that you not only pass the theory exams efficiently but that you have a deep understanding and working knowledge of the subject material which is essential for applied instrument flying . Prices for ground-school start at £750 for the 4 day intensive course and include a starter kit, pilot’s keynotes and CAA exam fees.

Visit: https://pplgroundschool.com/courses.html for further information.

Instrument Rating (Aeroplane) Skill Test

Conducted by an Instrument Rating Examiner (IRE). The IR(A) skill test comprises of the following sections:

Section 1 – Pre-Flight Operations and Departure
  • Use of flight manual/POH to include aircraft performance calculations and mass and balance
  • NOTAM and weather briefing
  • Preparation of ATC flight plan and IFR flight log
  • Pre-flight Inspection
  • Weather Minima
  • Taxying
  • Pre take-off briefing, take-off
  • Transition to instrument flight
  • Instrument departure procedures, altimeter setting
  • ATC liaison – compliance, R/T procedures
Section 2 – General Handling
  • Control of the aeroplane by reference solely to instruments, including: level flight at various speeds
  • Climbing and descending turns with sustained Rate 1 turn<
  • Recoveries from unusual attitudes, including sustained 45° bank turns and steep descending turns
  • Recovery from approach to stall in level flight, climbing/descending turns and in landing configuration
  • Limited panel: stabilised climb or descent, level turns at Rate 1 onto given headings, recovery from unusual attitudes
Section 3 – En-Route IFR Procedure
  • Tracking, including interception, e.g. NDB, VOR, RNAV
  • Use of radio aids
  • Level flight, control of heading, altitude and airspeed, power setting, trim technique
  • Altimeter settings
  • Timing and revision of ETAs (en-route hold, if required)
  • Monitoring of flight progress, flight log, fuel usage, systems management
  • Ice protection procedures, simulated if necessary
  • ATC liaison – compliance, R/T procedures
Section 4 – Precision Approach Procedures
  • Setting and checking of navigational aids, identification of facilities
  • Arrival procedures, altimeter checks
  • Approach and landing briefing, including descent/approach/landing checks
  • Holding Procedure
  • Compliance with published approach procedure
  • Approach timing
  • Altitude, speed heading control (stabilised approach)
  • Go-around action
  • Missed approach procedure/landing
  • ATC liaison – compliance, R/T procedures
Section 5 – Non-Precision Approach Procedures
  • Setting and checking of navigational aids, identification of facilities
  • Arrival procedures, altimeter checks
  • Approach and landing briefing, including descent/approach/landing checks
  • Holding Procedure
  • Compliance with published approach procedure
  • Approach timing<
  • Altitude, speed heading control (stabilised approach)
  • Go-around action
  • Missed approach procedure/landing
  • ATC liaison – compliance, R/T procedures


Revalidation is required annually, a proficiency check can be conducted up to three months in advance of the expiry date with no loss of validity . If your rating lapses you will require a renewal, which will include training sufficient to pass a skills test and the issue of a course completion certificate from the ATO, followed by a proficiency check. An IR may be renewed as part of a combined class rating skill test or proficiency check in an aeroplane.

7 Year Expiry Period

If the IR has not been revalidated or renewed within the preceding 7 years, the holder will be required to pass again the IR theoretical knowledge examinations and skill test. The 7 year period commences from the date the IR expired.


The privileges of a holder of an IR(A) are to fly aircraft under IFR, including PBN operations, with a minimum decision height of no less than 200 feet (60 m)

Cost Illustration

These figures are approximate and based on the candidate completing the training in 25 flying hours.Individual prior experience will dictate how long the training to competency will take.

Cirrus SR22 G3
Glass Cockpit—Garmin 1000 Perspective
7 x Full Day Training£3,500
Aircraft Hire (25 hours)
Fuel (25 hours) £2,700
Landing / Touch & Go Fees£300
Instrument Approach Fees£1,120
Skill Test (Payable to Examiner)
Licence Issue (Payable to CAA)£180
Total £14,250


Charlie is a Cirrus Factory trained CSIP and can offer official VFR and IFR transition courses for every model and avionics fit of Cirrus Aircraft.

If you have recently bought a Cirrus, whether new or pre-owned, you will be entitled to a free Cirrus Embark Transition course funded by the factory. This structured, professional course includes industry leading learning materials and ensures that new Cirrus pilots benefit from the highest quality aviation training available so you can safely get the very best from your new Cirrus Aircraft.

Having a Cirrus Transition Certificate will enable you to rent our SR22T or a Cirrus Aircraft abroad.

The SR22T Perspective Transition Course comes in two formats:

Cirrus VFR Transition Course—3 Days (VFR Only Pilots)

The course takes 3 days and 10-12 flying hours of one-to-one instruction.

The course includes weight and balance calculations, aircraft performance, normal operating procedures, slow flight, stalling, unusual attitude recoveries, short field and soft field take off and landings, reduced flap landings, baulked landings, crosswind landings, go arounds, electrical malfunctions, avionics failures, engine malfunctions/failures and CAPS deployment scenarios.

Cost Illustration

3 DAYS CSIP TRAINING @ £550/DAY £1,650
10 FUEL @ 60LTR/HOUR & £1.75/LTR £1,050

Cirrus IFR Advanced Transition Course—5 Days (Instrument Rating Pilots)

The first three days follow the format of the VFR transition course. The final two days incorporate the IFR element where you shall cover ILS and PBN approaches, radial tracking, holds, SIDs, STARs, high altitude and oxygen equipment training, use of the FIKI system, high altitude engine failure drills and further CAPS deployment scenarios.

Cost Illustration

5 DAYS CSIP TRAINING @ £550/DAY £2,750
15 HOURS SR22T DRY RENTAL @ £295/HR£4,425
15 FUEL @ 60LTR/HOUR & £1.75/LTR£1,575
TOTAL £9,150


Charlie is a CRE-IRR (Class Rating Examiner with Instrument Rating Renewal & Revalidation privileges) which means he can conduct proficiency checks for the revalidation and renewal of Single Engine Piston class ratings and revalidation and renewal of Instrument Ratings and IR(R)s.


Keep your ratings up to date efficiently by booking in for an SEP class rating revalidation concurrently with your single pilot IR revalidation. This can be conducted in your own aircraft or in our Cirrus SR22T. The cost of a proficiency check is £250+VAT and can be completed in half a day.


If your rating has lapsed, do not worry, we can conduct a course of training through our ATO to help you reach proficiency, issue you with a course completion certificate and then conduct your skills test to renew your rating. The amount of training required depends on how long the rating has lapsed, if a short course of refresher training is required the process can be all be done in one day with training in the morning and a proficiency check in the afternoon. The cost of a full day is £460+VAT.

Customer Reviews

Don’t take our word for it. Read our customer reviews. We are happy to introduce you to past customers to dicuss how they found flying with us.

  • “I started training with Charlie Kimbell May 2020 after clocking up c400hrs IR(r) in Cessna 172. After taking delivery of my 2019 Cirrus SR20 G6 in May 2020 the objective was to pass my CB-IR course ASAP and in September 2020 I was done! Over the course of the 4 months my level of competence accelerated to a level I could only have imagined at the start of the year; flying abroad, airways, 200ft minimums, STAR’s, SID’s, etc. Charlie is an exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced pilot and by far the most personable and professional person I have flown with. It is a pleasure to have spent so much time learning from Charlie and over the course we visited Scotland, Belgium and France to really get the proper real life experience of flying IR rather than just a textbook pass. I thank Charlie for simply changing my flying life, keeping me and my family safe and opening up a whole new world to flying and travelling in a way where I feel confident and competent to travel pretty much anywhere. I can thoroughly recommend Charlie to anyone who wants to have not only a technically accurate approach to flight training but also a very pragmatic real world spin on it too. ”

    SR22T G3
  • “Charlie’s skills extend beyond his unrivalled customer service, as he is also an excellent flying instructor. Having purchased a Cirrus SR-22 from him, I also chose to develop my flying skills. Guided by Charlie’s years of expertise I have significantly improved my technical flying ability and grown in confidence. His friendly, yet professional approach makes even the most complicated lessons feel accessible. He is able to ensure that you fulfil your flying potential, whilst simultaneously ensuring that safety is paramount.”

    SR22 G3
  • “New to the Cirrus SR series of aircraft, Charlie enrolled me on the free Cirrus “Embark” program. Under his expert and experienced teaching skills, utilising both on-line and one-to-one classroom tuition I successfully transitioned from conventional instrumentation to Perspective EFIS systems and to the Cirrus SR aircraft. Charlie is a consummate professional, with an enormous in-depth knowledge of the Cirrus aircraft and its operating systems. He has a calm and friendly approach to teaching and would not hesitate to recommend his services.”

    SR22 G3
  • “Doing the EASA Instrument Rating with its 7 exams isn’t easy at 70 but CK are very good at assessing the ability of the student and pitching the tuition to be demanding without being overwhelming so that progress is steadily made towards the goal of the qualification. With instructors who have flown on the airlines and on executive jets the tuition incorporates a number of airline procedures which is always going to make a private pilot a safer pilot and with a broader view of the planning considerations and awareness of the threats and risks involved in any flight to be undertaken. The tuition is thorough and comprehensive as well as being challenging but is still enjoyable.”

    SR20 G6
  • “When we bought our SR22 G5 in November 2018 Charlie Kimbell was so helpful in making the process as easy as possible. He then explained the Embark program for conversion to flying a Cirrus which is a free package to all new Cirrus owners. Charlie then came to Guernsey where the aircraft is based and trained both of us for the 12 hours each as specified by Embark. We can recommend Charlie as really honest and highly professional pilot/instructor and wish him all the best with his new venture.”

    SR22 G5