Welcome to RAF Cranwell Flying Club

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Welcome to the RAF College Cranwell Flying Club Website

The main aim of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell Flying Club is to provide flying instruction to PPL standard to current Service personnel at the lowest possible cost In addition it aims to provide facilities for instructional and recreational flying for Service dependants, Service reservists, members of the ATC/CCF, retired Servicemen and certain local civilians. Limited facilities are also available for operating privately-owned aircraft.

Founded in 1960, the Club is run for administrative purposes as a civilian limited company with its members as nominal shareholders. All flying operations are in accordance with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations; the aircraft are on the civil register and Instructors, although some are RAF Pilots, hold commercial instructor's licences. Additionally, as a Club which might benefit from Service charities, the Club must comply with certain Service Instructions. However, in general, the Club is self-financing through charges made to its members. By courtesy of OC Ops Wg of RAFC Cranwell (who is the Club Chairman), the Club enjoys free use of Barkston Heath airfield, a large hangar and other support services and equipment.

The Club can thus offer some of the cheapest flying in the UK. Nevertheless, it is not a commercial flying school. IT IS A CLUB AND RELIES ON THE SUPPORT OF EACH AND EVERY ONE OF ITS MEMBERS FOR ITS CONTINUED SUCCESS. Whether a member can volunteer specific expertise or merely offer an extra pair of hands for refuelling aircraft, answering telephones or even cleaning coffee cups, each is equally valuable to the smooth running of the Club. Furthermore, a lot can be learnt about flying from "crew room banter", so time spent at the Club is never wasted.


Learning to Fly

Phil Burgess Upside Down

EASA Part-FCL(A), LAPL and UK NPPL including various ratings and professional licence information.

Pre-Flight Briefing & Preparation

ICAO Half Mil

Useful website for pre-flight planning, weather and NOTAM information.

Book a Flight


Aircraft booking via the e-allocator web based system.



Royal Air Force Flying Clubs' Association (RAFFCA)

RAF Flying Club Flight Safety

Civil Aviation Authority

  • Civil Aviation Authority

    The CAA is the UK's independent specialist aviation regulator. Its activities include economic regulation, airspace policy, safety regulation and consumer protection.

    UK Civil Aviation Authority
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