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  1. 5.0
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    My husband bought me a flying lesson as a wedding anniversary gift.
    We live near the previous home of the Cotswold Flying School and on a clear day I look up in envy of the light aircraft flying over.
    I had a wonderful time and yes, I did get instruction.
    Loop the loop and a barrel roll were part of a completely new experience.
    Wonderful!
    I wish all well for the future at the Cotswold Flying School’s new home.

  2. 4.5
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    I do this every year for my Birthday. Each time , I have lots of fun and I learn a lot. In addition , the planes are safe and well-kept and the instructor is informative and helps you feel safe and comfortable in the cockpit .

    An amazing Experience!

  3. 5.0
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    Cotswold Flying School is a fantastic school located at a great airport. My instructor Tom O’shea is a well experienced, capable and professional pilot who offers lessons tailored to both my strengths and weaknesses in order to get the best out of me. On the ground Stuart runs a well organised operation and is very accommodating when it comes to fitting in lessons. Groundschool is also very good and has so far helped me pass all of my exams with ease. My local airport (Gloucester) is much closer to home, however travelling to Kemble is well worth it which I think speaks volumes for the quality of this school.

  4. 4.5
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    If your problem seems unresolvable in aviation terms, then might I suggest
    Using Cotswold at Kemble. They sorted out mine in no time flat without
    Add ons and frills. They are Prepared to go the Extra mile.
    My experience is proof of it. Best of luck to them
    Ken

  5. 5.0
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    I turned up at Kemble with my seven year old son Caspar to look at the big planes being broken up. We parked near the control tower and bumped into Chris Puddy walking back from a hangar. He said there was just time if we would like a lesson. We were not expecting to go flying but my son who is fanatical about aeroplanes was so excited that I agreed and fairly soon we were preparing the plane and Caspar got the controls with me in the back.
    Chris got Caspar to speak to the control tower “Golf Charlie Echo Whiskey Kilo” (Caspar chirped that to me just now from memory).
    Chris was fantastic with him and let him actually control the plane for most of the flight. He was very good at giving the young lad confidence and it was a pleasure to see Caspar so focused.
    My father flew a Swordfish in the war and it has rubbed off on Caspar.
    We are very excited to fly again and are going to try to make it a regular event.
    Brilliant place!
    Daniel Chadwick

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    CFS is an great place to learn or build on your experience as I have done for a number of years. Having originally visited and received a warm welcome chose CFS even though it means travelling from Cardiff each time! It’s a good learning environment,busy airfield but GA focused and with Stuart and Chris your in good hands,always willing to help and give advice.Good people,good aircraft,good school.

  7. 5.0
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    I’ve been a member of the Cotswold Flying School for the last few years and feel that it offers a reliable service. Stuart puts a great deal of effort into giving customers what they need, and has worked hard to maintain the business through the economic downturn and with the typical difficulties that working in aviation throw up, and so I’ve always felt valued as a member. There is good aircraft availability and always an instructor on hand for guidance and safety aspects. Would highly recommend it.

  8. 5.0
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    I had a brilliant time last summer when I spontaneously decided I’d like to go up in a two -seater plane for my first lesson. John, the trainer, was obviously very experienced, and was very pleasant and helpful. Living nearby, we ended up flying by my house! It was wonderful, and the views spectacular. I am looking forward to doing it again. It was quite special and unexpected to ‘take control’ of the aircraft. The whole experience, from meeting other staff in the office before the flight, to disembarking, was most enjoyable – I would highly recommend it!

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    Thanks for a thrilling experience! I was given a trial lesson for my birthday and jumped at the opportunity to take to the skies and was not disappointed. After an initial briefing and a look over the aircraft, we were soon in the air with me in the pilots seat. Chris was an excellent instructor and certainly knows his stuff as well as being able to relax a first time pilot and make them feel able to control the plane. You can get a surprising distance in an hour and Chris pointed us in the direction of my house so the children could see us fly over until eventually landing after a great experience and enough of a taste to know a second flight won’t be too far away! Thanks Chris and CWFS for a great day out. Definitely recommended for anyone.

  10. 5.0
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    My wife bought me a trial lesson for my birthday as a surprise. It really was a great experience by a very professional small team. She came up too and took photos which added to the day. I really would love to be in a position to learn to fly and it I was I definitely would do it here. Thanks everyone

  11. 5.0
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    A small but friendly run Flying School, with highly experienced instructors from different paths of flying, always willing to help you. New, modern aircraft, which are comfortable and competitively priced. A great place to start flying.

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    I flew some interesting approaches with the CFI and was extremely pleased with his attitude and enthusiasm for improvement. I would say confidence building with accuracy and safety being the priorities. Chris revalidated my PPL and was altogether helpful with extra training for the revalidation of my IMC rating

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    My wife kindly bought me a training flight as a birthday treat. It was a beautifully clear day and we went up with my son and son-in-law in the back. I absolutely loved the flight and felt I did OK when handed the controls. I would loved to have landed the plane but unfortunately my stomach thought otherwise. We also had to land a little earlier than planned as HRH Prince Charles wanted to use the runway. The pilot was excellent, the plane fantastic overall a great experience, one I’d love to repeat with the help of some air sickness pills!! Highly recommended *****

  14. 5.0
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    When our group Cessna 172 needed repairs I was looking for somewhere to complete a revalidation flight for my LAPL and NPPL licences. CFS were very helpful and arranged a flight within the time I needed and very enjoyable it was. Chris Puddy provided the instruction in a calm and professional manner and I would have no hesitation in going back to them for further instruction. It was almost a shame that our 172 was repaired earlier than expected.

  15. 5.0
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    I used Cotswold to undertake my IMC a couple of years ago now. Chris Puddy flew one of the Cotswold aircraft down to me here in Alderney and we had an intensive week of flying in the interesting weather that December brings in off the Atlantic. With plenty of open French Class G airspace only 5 miles away and helpful service from Cherbourg and Caen with their ILS approaches we got it all done and dusted in a few days. Chris knows his stuff and the aircraft used was of good quality.

  16. 5.0
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    Great flying with Captain Puddy, despite feeling nauseous … More about scrambled eggs for breakfast probably. Very experienced and utterly capable pilot. May yet learn to fly!

  17. 5.0
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    I flew with Chris a fair few times (around 2010-2011 I believe) and also hired the C172 on various occasions whilst I was converting from an FAA PPL. I couldn’t have better memories of my experiences with CFS. The aircraft was a joy to fly and for the price, it was very modern and much like the brand new 172s I was flying in Michigan. Chris took me up a few times and was very comforting to fly with, especially when it came to the differences in standard flight procedures between the UK and the USA. One of my fondest memories was of a pretty gusty and wet afternoon, just above VFR conditions and tough crosswinds. After 2 shaky attempts, Chris gave me the knowledge and confidence to bring her down beautifully. I gained a lot of valuable experience in the time I spent at CFS and I recommend it fully to anybody looking to build their abilities handling an aircraft after a PPL.

  18. 5.0
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    I have always found everyone very helpful and supportive particularly in sorting out the paperwork for the CAA which is rather opaque. The instructors are good company to fly with and the aircraft well maintained. Highly recommended.

  19. 5.0
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    Have enjoyed many years flying with Cotswold Flying School as they have high-wing Cessnas for taking aerial photographs and looking for archaeological sites. Very professional and also friendly club, with good discounts too for regular customers.

  20. 5.0
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    Chris Puddy taught me to fly, and I keep coming back to him for extra bits of help and instruction. In my opinion you couldn’t get a better flying instructor. He has the right mix of knowledge, experience, patience, and teaching skills, and he knows when to correct you and when to let you make your mistakes, which I think is very important for learning. Both he and Stuart Adey have been very friendly and helpful to me with various flying issues while I was flying a syndicate aircraft from Kemble. I thoroughly recommend their services.

  21. 5.0
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    I’m 51 (or is it 52), going on 21!! At least that’s what my better half tells me. I recently flew with Chris Puddy in the schools Tecnam P2002JF. I explained that I’ve had some experience flying and gliding but only for pleasure flight ie no formal training. I asked if we could do something more adventurous and what followed was one of the best hours I have had for many years. After some basics we did the usual pleasure flight over to my house in Swindon, taking the obligatory photos. After that and having assessed my experience we set about some lessons in stalls and recovery in various scenarios followed by some aerobatics and then some ‘fluffy busting’. We also encountered a helium balloon in the shape of Betty Boo at 3250 feet. The hour was over all to soon. I am grateful for Chris’s calm relaxed attitude and assessment of my limited skills that allowed me to indulge in the type of flying I have long dreamed of. The Tecnam is a joy to fly, my previous experiences being in high wing Cessna 152s. Thoroughly recommended.

  22. 5.0
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    Great fun, highly recommended

  23. 5.0
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    A wonderful experience from a wonderful club after 20years not being at the controls
    Many many thanks a very professional outfit with very knowledgeable instructors
    Ken Hope 87 years young

  24. 5.0
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    Excellent club with friendly management, extremely experienced instructors and modern, well maintained aircraft. I finished my PPL at CFS after a 10 year gap following the first 18 hours in Edinburgh and the experience could not have been better. Chris Puddy has a great way of passing on his vast experience – learning that every one of his students has passed the PPL first time inspires read confidence.

  25. 5.0
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    Converted on their lovely C172.

  26. 5.0
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    Stuart Adey, Iain Smith and Chris were very professional in the way they took a party of us up July 21st 2015 to do some filming of the Pitts Special with a chase plane.

    An excellent day and worth the drive from Leeds and Chesterfield

    Professor Andy McIntosh – Leeds

  27. 5.0
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    Fantastic flying school-really friendly, very professional and efficient. Stuart and Chris have a great set up. Chris is a brilliant tutor- calm and collected all the time and a very talented pilot. He has been so good and has got me to my first solo last week on my 16th birthday!
    Anyone who wants to learn to fly look no further than CFS!

  28. 5.0
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    I definitely recommend CFS – have been flying there for around 4 years now. Very friendly, personable service, excellent instructors, aircraft well maintained, good advice when you need it.

  29. 5.0
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    Fantastic 1st flying experience today. Tutor was really friendly, knowledgeable and put you totally at ease. Would recommend to everyone.

  30. 5.0
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    I was pleased to find this club so close to my home in Cirencester. After a few hours flying Chris had prepared me for my skills test to renew my PPL. Great airfield with friendly tower. Good aircraft – at reasonable price and good availability. Highly recommended.

  31. 5.0
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    I have flown with CFS for more than 5 years ,travelling 80 miles from home near Cardiff to do so,which speaks volumes about professionalism and people skills of both Stuart and Chris.Kemble and CFS is a good place to learn to fly or improve your skills and Chris is without doubt the best instructor with whom I have ever flown.Fly CFS!!

  32. 5.0
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    Very friendly and highly experienced team.
    Great atmosphere and all planes well maintained and clean

  33. 5.0
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    I’ve been under instruction at the Cotswold Flying School (to complete my PPL) for the past 5 months part-time; and have been so very impressed by Stuarts’ set up at Kemble. The atmosphere at the flying school is superb; professional and relaxed with a healthy dose of flexibility, supported by fantastic instructors with a huge amount of experience – ideal for the aspiring pilot, private, commercial or otherwise. Booking instruction (or aircraft) using the online booking service couldn’t be easier; and whilst you may not be able to find your preferred aircraft; – that is testament to the religious servicing routine of all the aircraft at the school. If all goes well, I will have followed a dream of piloting within weeks – hurrah!
    I couldn’t recommend the CFS more – a great school. JJ

  34. 5.0
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    Excellent flying school. A good variety of modern aircraft to suit everybody whether you prefer the high wing Cessnas or the low wing Tecnam (or even the Pitts biplane!). I have found the instructors at CFS excellent, especially Chris Puddy who always seems to know just how far to push you at any particular time. Kemble is a very good airfield since its main tarmac runway is long and wide so subsequently very forgiving during initial training. Once you’re ready for the challenge, the shorter grass runway really gives you a chance to hone your skills. If you live anywhere remotely close to Kemble, look no further as I would highly recommend this flying school.

  35. 5.0
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    Carried out my EASA PPL with CFS, Chris (CFI) is a brilliant instructor and the Tecnam is lovely aircraft to fly.

  36. 5.0
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    I did my PPL and IMC with Cotswold Flying School and can’t rate them highly enough. Really high standard of instruction in a great aeroplane, we did everything from landing in bumpy farmers’ fields to trips across the Alps and all round Europe. I really wouldn’t hesitate to recommend CFS to a new student or hirer.

  37. 5.0
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    These guys are really helpful and supportive.

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    Having flown with Chris and done my IMC rating with him, I can confirm he is the best instructor I have ever flown with. His calm, friendly approach puts anyone at ease and really allows you to focus on learning, and ,earning the right way.
    Stuart runs a great school and is never afraid to go the extra mile for his students
    Joao

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    Nice people, nice aircraft, nice airfield.

  40. 5.0
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    I cannot thank and recommend Stuart, Chris and the team at Cotswold Flying School enough. From the first day I walked in to book my trial lesson I had received as a gift, to the point now where I am looking to book my skills test and complete what has been a thoroughly enjoyable, although sometimes a personally nerve racking experience everyone has supported, understood and provided the best level of service and support I could have possibly asked for. I am looking forward to furthering my flying career with Cotswold and enjoying a lifetime of flying that the guys here have been there every step of the way to help me to achieve.

  41. 5.0
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    I have been flying with the Cotswold Flying school for approximately four years, and have found it to be friendly, competitively priced, and very adaptable to my requirements. Kemble itself is an excellent airfield to fly from, with good facilities and an interesting aviation environment.

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    Have carried out my biennial flight review with Chris at CFS in the Tecnam. Chris is an excellent instructor. Highly recommended.

  43. 5.0
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    I completed my PPL and IMC at this excellent little club. Extremely friendly staff who make you feel welcome as a member. Clean, well equipped, modern aircraft that are brought out of the hanger for you – no struggling to take off aircraft covers in the cold here! I have no hesitation in recommending them.

  44. 5.0
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    Fantastic flying school with great instructors and aircraft. Instruction is confidence-inspiring and practical. I really enjoyed gaining my PPL(A) with Cotswold Flying School and look forward to further training with them in future.

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    After a lifetime of being interested in aviation, but never actually having the opportunity to do any real flying, I enrolled at the Cotswold Flying School at the age of 76, just to see if I could do it. Stuart and Chris were very supportive and encouraging and with Chris’s expert tuition I flew a solo circuit in the Cessna 172 G-CEWK after 12 hours instruction. I can’t speak highly enough of the standards of tuition, safety and professionalism of CFS. I’m not going on for a licence but now that I have the flying bug I hope to be able to return there occasionally for some “fun flying” with Chris.

  46. 5.0
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    I’m most impressed with the thoroughly professional yet friendly atmosphere that always exists at this superb little flying school. Chris Puddy and his fellow instructors seem really top notch and well up to the challenges of this surprisingly demanding area of flying training.

    The managed hangarage off-shoot of the club that Stu runs is equally superb at looking after my aeroplane!

  47. 5.0
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    I did my PPL and IMC with Cotswold Flying School and can’t rate them highly enough. Really good instruction in great aircraft, everything from landing in bumpy farmers’ fields to trips across the Alps and all round Europe. I really wouldn’t hesitate to recommend CFS to a new student / hirer. Cotswold Airport is a friendly, easy airfield from which to fly, and it has a great restaurant on site.

  48. 5.0
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    Flying instruction doesn’t get much better than this. Chris Puddy is a first-class pilot and teacher and you could not be in safer hands.

  49. 5.0
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    Top flying school and club. Very good quality aircraft to rent plus super instructors. Highly recommended

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    I have rented from Cotswold Flying School since 2012, and have always received friendly and helpful service. The instructors are supportive and knowledgeable. I was able to use my ICAO PPL license while working toward my EASA, as the CFS team knew the legal requirements around non-European licenses, and helped me do the required courses.

    I have flown their C152, C172, and my new favourite, the Tecnam Sierra.

  51. 5.0
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    Fantastic instructors and a lovely friendly and well managed school. I was with the Cotswold Flying School for a few very enjoyable weeks last year and I am planning to return shortly to brush up on my skills and finish the last section of my course. The tuition and guidance I have experienced so far have been second to none and helped me learn and develop quickly during the first part of my course. Kemble is a great airfield to learn from with lots of space and it is also in an excellent location for cross country training. Thoroughly recommended.

  52. 5.0
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    Great Flying school, friendly and with great instructors
    Did my IMC rating with them and rented their really high spec C172 a few times for instrument practice. Good rates and very flexible guys
    Highly recommended !

  53. 5.0
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    I have used Cotswold Flying School for my IMC rating and have also undertaken a biannual check flight with this school too. Everyone very helpful and the aircraft are in good condition.

  54. 5.0
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    Great aircraft. Super Instructors. Top airfield. Highly recommended!

  55. 5.0
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    I regularly use Cotswold Flying School. Quality aircraft, nice bunch of people and with lots to do at the airfield, you could easily spend all day there.

  56. 5.0
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    Can’t recommend highly enough. Chris is fantastic and got me through my PPL in no time at all.

  57. 5.0
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    Excellent small flying school with good aircraft and professional friendly staff.

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    Nice clean aircraft and a friendly club atmosphere. Good instructors and a nice Airfeild to fly from.

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    Very professional and friendly flying school with very good quality aircraft, went there last year to finish my ppl training. Can’t thank Stuart Adey and Chris Puddy enough for helping me prepare for and ultimately pass my skills test.

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    CFS is an excellent flying school and club with a friendly and helpful atmosphere.
    The instructors are professional and very supportive, and the aircraft are well maintained.
    I particularly like the Tecnam. This is probably the best flying school/club I’ve been involved with.

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    I did my PPL with the flying school, i liked the way that they were very accommodating and friendly. My instructor Chris Puddy was great and makes you feel at ease with his vast experience and personality.

    1. Good experience with Cotswold Flying School. Hard place to get to, though.
      I couldn’t ask for more for my first Aerobatic LOOP, a warm welcome, an amazing instructor who well explained to me despite my lack of knowledge, best value for money ever, had a great time ! Thank you !

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