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    I used to fly Microlights outside UK. When I bought a MiniMax I turned to Cubair for some Tail Wheel experience in their PA18. Later I decided that a JAR PPL would broaden my horizons and returned to them, where I did most of my training in the DA20 Katana.
    Compared to Cessna and Piper trainers the DA20 is like a little sports car (think of MG Midget, or MX5), responsive, but with gentle manners.

    I visit UK every summer and am welcomed back to Cubair like a friend of the family. As I don’t do much, or any, flying the rest of the year, first is a couple of flights with an Instructor to revise and refresh my skills. Their individual styles and personalities can range from quite strict to carefully relaxed, but all have a passion for flying and encourage good Airmanship. They go beyond the bare bones of the syllabus and aim to turn the student into a well rounded and confident pilot.

    Redhill’s full ATC and the tightly controlled airspace encourages good RT procedure and navigation around the airfield. The controllers handle a mix of Planes and Helicopters, PPL’s and professional pilots whilst accommodating hesitant new students making their first radio calls. On a busy afternoon there may be a few in the circuit and several departing to or arriving from the training areas or cross-country, it can sound like there may be more traffic than Gatwick, but each get’s their turn with clear instructions from ATC, and each take off, touch and go, and landing closely but safely spaced. Learning, and continuing to fly in this environment prepares you well for anything you could encounter elsewhere.

    After gaining my PPL they would let me loose in a Katana to stretch my wings. A 2hr slot allows a pleasant bimble around Kent and Sussex, taking in Canterbury, Ramsgate, Dover, Ashford, Hastings, Beachy Head, and creeping back up the side of Gatwick TMA.

    As I built up my hours and experience I was invited to check out on the DA20 Eclipse, this has a bigger engine and faster cruise, it is not used for student training, but reserved for touring, and can be booked for a whole day, or even several days, so now I could explore further afield, heading up to the top of East Anglia or out to the West Country. You only pay for the ‘Flown’ hours, so Landing Out becomes part of the adventure. Eventually I have ventured up to Yorkshire to visit family and even flown solo down to the South of France. All with the blessing of the Club, along with assistance in planning and paperwork, and advice from those older and wiser.

    When I wanted to take more than one friend flying with me I was quickly checked out on the C172. To photograph a friend’s house I took the PA18, and another pilot to handle the plane whilst I took the photos, for the rest of the flight I flew the Cub, revelling in the simple pleasures of ‘Rag and Tube, Stick and Rudder’ flying. Expressing an interest in Aerobatics, a demo in the Slingsby was easily arranged.

    Without doubt Cubair is an excellent place to learn, they are not just some Licence Factory, they adapt to each individual, and once the PPL is achieved they are there for the new pilot to grow and expand their experience and skills, with a variety of aircraft types to progress onto, the Instructors, Staff and Club Members are always there with assistance, encouragement and advice.

    I’ll be back this summer for more expeditions and adventures.

  2. 5.0
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    I can highly recommend Cubair having completed my PPL in August 2013. The club was recommended to me by a friend who completed his PPL there a few years ago. It has a good club atmosphere, interesting aeroplanes and excellent instructors to help get through as quickly as possible. The seven (now nine!) exams were dispatched with little drama and some hard work. The instructors were patient and helpful – especially when landings were proving difficult. However the crucial safety aspects were quickly made to become a routine part of going flying. During my training I went on four trips over the channel to Le Touquet and Cherbourg, as part of a group fly-out , which was excellent training in filing flight plans etc an great fun. Straight after passing I did spin training in a Slingsby T67. I am now doing my IMC on a slightly more complex aircraft – a DA40.

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    With one of the largest and most diverse fleet in the South of England, Cubair offers ab-initio fixed wing pilot training using modern 2 seat Diamond DA20 Katana aircraft. Subsequent training can be performed for IRR(A) using 4 seat DA40, PA28 and C172 aircraft. Tailwheel conversions are carried out on the PA18 Super Cub., aerobatics on the Slingsby T67M and twin conversion on the Grumman GA7.

    Monthly breakfast fly outs and pub meetings are enjoyed with instructors, staff and pupils getting together.

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    I learned to fly with Cubair over three summers many years ago (1999-2002), and I had such a lot of fun flying their diverse fleet of aircraft that I have stayed with the club ever since. I now own a share in an aeroplane which is available for aerobatics or lessons via Cubair, and I regularly participate in the flyouts organised by the club, going along either accompanying a new PPL as Class Rating Instructor (the only rating I’ve had to get elsewhere) or just as a club member.

    The Cubair fleet is well rounded, with two DA20 Katanas as the primary trainer, three larger/faster aircraft for touring (one Diamond Star, one PA28, and another Katana with a larger engine), a Piper Super Cub for those who prefer dragging their tail, and my Slingsby Firefly for those who prefer to see the world the right way up for a change.

    The owners care deeply about making learning to fly fun (although it is still hard work at times), and employ instructors who enthuse their students, building as much on the Flying Club as the Flying School. Many students continue to hire aircraft through the club after they gain their license, and go on to take advanced courses, including night flying, the IMC/IR(R) bad weather rating, aerobatics and tail-wheel.

  5. 5.0
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    Cubair is a great place to learn to fly. I’m half way through my PPL with them. Everybody is very friendly and the instructors are excellent. I fly a Katana DA20. It’s a great plane to learn with, easy to fly and very forgiving.

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    I initially selected Cubair to do my PPL training because Redhill was the closest aerodrome to where I live. I did not know a lot about flight training back then, but I immediately fell in love with the airfield and, most importantly, with Cubair’s two DA-20 Katanas. The fact that Redhill is a full ATC airfield, right inside Gatwick’s CTA, proved an excellent environment for learning proper airmanship and RT skills. In addition, Cubair’s instructors are extremely friendly and highly professional, as are all the staff. The main thing for me was the feeling of flying with a friend (who would not hesitate in giving me some tough love when required…). I enjoyed my time at Cubair so much that I became a flying member straight after getting my PPL. I would highly recommend Cubair to anyone thinking about learning to fly.

  7. 5.0
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    Friendly flying school with great instructors. I went through all my training with Cubair from newbie to my PPL. Katana DA-20 aircraft are ideal trainers, reasonably forgiving and not too difficult to fly.

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    Great school with superb instructors. A great place to learn.

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