The Phoenix Flying Club

At Phoenix we like to think of ourselves as a professional flying school but also as a bit of a club. A large number of individuals that complete courses at Phoenix continue to fly with us afterwards. As a school we arrange a number of social events throughout the year as well as a number of fly-in trips.

This section of the website celebrates student PPL and CPL Passes, gives information on past and future student “Fly-In” trips and shows some of the interesting landing sites our self-fly pilots have visited in our choppers.

Fly-In Trips

The fly-in trips are a great way to test your flying, travel to somewhere new and meet fellow students along the way. The trips are open to all students and PPL pilots. Choose to fly all legs or just a few? We can be flexible and arrange the trips around our students.

Some of our favourite places to visit include:

• Le Touquet, Paris
• South France
• Lake Vyrnwy, Wales
• The Helicopter Museum, Weston-Super-Mare
• Imperial War Museum, Duxford
• Breakfast Car Club, Goodwood Aerodrome

Student Success

Every time a student of Phoenix Helicopter Academy passes a licence skills test, either PPL or CPL, we celebrate by putting them into our Student Success wall of fame. Unless of course you don’t want to appear, but who wouldn’t want to celebrate their triumphant licence acquisition.

Self-Fly-Hire Heroes

For those pilots that have passed their Private Pilots Licences it can be great fun flying around the local area taking friends and family up to enjoy the skies. However it can be even more fun to push the boundaries and test your flying ability by navigating somewhere new. Perhaps a new airfield to visit or even a private landing site such as a hotel.

The self-fly-hire heroes section shows some of our PPL pilots most interesting trips. If you are looking for somewhere interesting to fly-to why not ask a member of staff today, we have lots of pre assessed private landing sites for you to choose from…



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A very enjoyable flight. A birthday present for myself and friend and trial first flight. Hoping to do the flight down The Thames next year for our 40th and 60th birthdays!

Groupon Customer

I really enjoyed my training with Phoenix Helicopters (even with the stresses of a tight budget and timescale!), and having now passed my PPL I will definitely be continuing my training and self-fly hire there.

Sean Larsen (Student)

Thank you for a fantastic experience. It was very well organised and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Groupon Customer

Phoenix Helicopter Academy at Goodwood is a great place to learn to fly. Relaxed, yet totally professional. The instructors go out of their way to ensure you get the best training. Highly recommended!

Kevin Piotrowicz (Student)

We would like to say a huge thank you for all your help and service on our big day. It was an amazing day and your contribution helped our wedding be the day we wished for and a success. We appreciate all your efforts on the day. Lots of Love Vanessa & Ravi  

Vanessa & Ravi (Wedding Charter)

We both had a fantastic flight and thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was a lovely clear day which helped make the views over West Sussex stunning. 
Having a flight in a helicopter is something I have wanted to do for years, it was great to enjoy such an experience.

Kim and David Edwards (Pleasure Flight)

Easy to find with excellent parking. All staff, including Toby, our pilot, were very approachable and happy to chat. Great atmosphere. A thoroughly enjoyable experience all round.

Groupon Customer

Thank you all at Phoenix, SO much! I think it's finally sinking in for Matt exactly what went on yesterday. His maiden chopper flight was wonderful and he had a great day. Such a smooth flight. Really can't thank you enough for making the day so special

Aimee and Matt (Charter)

Just a short note to express our thanks to all at Phoenix Blackbush,for a truly enjoyable experience.Our special thanks go to Simon Halfpenny not only for his cheerful sense of humour but also for his skill as a pilot,over the last 25 years I have flown with many pilots most being military or EX.& I can say that Simon ranks amongst the best that I have had the pleasure to fly with. (London Helicopter Tour)
 

Clive Stewart Morrison

Phoenix for me is now more than just a school to learn how to fly, it has a very homely feel to it, where students and the staff have become a family.

Stuart Russell (Student)