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Welcome to the RAF Benson Flying Club Website

RAF Benson Flying Club is open to:

Serving and former members of all 3 Services.



Volunteer Reserves

Cadet and UAS members

Armed Forces of other nations serving with British Forces in the UK

There are also limited opportunities for civilian membership, particularly for those who hold instructor or examiner ratings and are willing to offer these services to the club.

The club operates two Cessna C-152, 1 T67 Firefly and one Piper PA-28 aircraft for training and hire. Training manuals and navigation equipment are also available to loan to pilots as are headsets and GPS devices for all flights in club aircraft at no charge.

Joining the Club

To join the RAF Benson Flying Club please contact the club secretary using the contact form available by clicking the top right tab on this page. Once membership is confirmed you will be granted access to the rest of the website for aircraft and instructor bookings.


I'm a Qualified Service Pilot and wish to obtain my PPL.

Many of our members are QSPs wishing to gain civilian qualifications. You will still need to complete the 9 PPL exams and medical. The amount of flight training required will vary depending on your experience and can be conducted on an Ad-Hoc basis. Most QSPs are ready for their skills test within 10/15hrs of training.

PPL modular training QSP(H)
15 hrs aircraft (C152) 1350
Instruction costs 375
2 hrs test hire 180
Skills Test 150
CAA ground exams 135
CAA class 2 medical 150
CAA licence 185
RAFBFC membership 60
Total £2585*

*This table is an example of QSP(H) package we provide. Costs are dependent on aircraft used and number of hours flown.

I have a PPL and want to work towards additional ratings.

The club offers courses for the instrument (IMC) rating and night rating as well as biennial training flights, currency check flights, type conversions and differences training.

I have no flying experience and am interested in learning.

The club offers a structured programme of flight and theoretical training conducted by qualified civilian flight instructors under the supervision of our Chief Flying Instructor. The training culminates in a flight skills test conducted by one of our CAA approved examiners and, after successful completion, a Private Pilot's Licence (PPL). This allows the holder to fly light aircraft throughout the UK and Europe and can be extended with additional ratings and larger aircraft.

PPL modular training EASA PPL
45 hrs aircraft hire 4050
Instruction costs 1125
2 hrs test hire 180
Skills Test 150
CAA ground exams 135
R/T Practical Exam 50
CAA class 2 medical 150
CAA licence 185
RAFBFC membership 60
Total £6085

The PPL course consists of 45 hours of flight training plus a 2 hour skills test. The LAPL course consists of 32 hours of flight training which includes the 2 hour skills test. Both courses also require theoretical training and passes in the same 9 written examinations plus a pass in a practical Radio Telephony (RTF) examination.

How much will this cost me and is there any funding available?

Enhanced and Standard Learning Credits can be used by all Serving personnel to conduct flying training, please contact the club for further information. Personal contribution is usually in the vicinity of 20%.

Item Charge
C152 Hire £90 ph
PA28 Hire £129 ph
T67 Firefly Hire £135 ph
Flying Instructor fees £25 up to 1hr Pro rata >1hr
PPL Skills test £150
IR/R (IMC Rating) flying test £150
PPL revalidation proficiency test £150
R/T Practical Exam £50
PPL Ground Examinations (9 in total) Alw,com,opp,agk,pof,nav,fpp,met,hpl £15 per subject
IR/R (IMC Rating) Ground Examination £15
EASA PPL issue fees £185
NPPL issue fees £51
LAPL issue fees £153
Night Rating issue fees £89
IR/R (IMC Rating) issue fees £89
Conversion of a UK or JAR PPL to an EASA PPL £73

I would like to use my ELCAS what do I do?

For information regarding ELCAS please visit and seek advice from the learning centre. The RAF Benson Flying Club is a registered provider with number: 1548.

Please apply for the course you require through your learning centre. We are happy to assist with any information you require. Once your application has been approved and received by us from ELCAS you will be able to begin your training.




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