About Airways Flight Training
Airways Flight Training has been in the aviation training business for over 30 years and has been owned and run for the past 25 years by Brian Marindin. Brian is a pilot of immense experience, from flying naval aircraft off aircraft-carriers to operating Tri-Stars around Asia with Cathay Pacific. Since taking over AFT he has accrued almost 10,000 hours as an instructor and has become one of the industry's leading 'gurus' in the knowledge of CAA, then JAA and now EASA requirements - he is most definitely the man to ask if you are unsure of what you need to do to achieve your ambitions in the world of civil aviation!
With his background as a Fleet Air Arm pilot it is hardly surprising that in his early days with AFT he concentrated on building an outstanding reputation for the training of military pilots wanting to gain the civil licences and ratings - one particular claim to fame was completing the training of 49 military pilots for their Instrument Ratings in the three months before the new EASA requirements came into force! However, civilian pilots - both young and some a little older - have also benefitted from AFT's excellence as an efficient and enjoyable place to train.
One of the main strengths of AFT is undoubtedly the quality of its instructors - quite simply you will not find a group of more experienced flying instructors at any other school in the UK. This fact, coupled with a most helpful and relaxed style of working is the basis for all the success that AFT has achieved over the past two decades.
That success includes having many ex-students flying for various airlines and other flying organisations. If you come to visit us you will see framed photographs given to us by previous students thanking us for our efforts in sending them on the way to successful aviation careers - in fact we may soon have to move to bigger premises as we no longer have sufficient wall-space for any more photos!
Facilities at Exeter Airport
The facilities in and around Exeter make it one of the best locations for flight training in the UK. Exeter International Airport has an ILS/ DME approach to both ends of the main 08/26 runway and also has published RNAV approaches. There is also an NDB available for holding practice and incorporation into approaches onto both runways. Another benefit is Exeter’s location close to Airway N864 allowing for short transits into Class A airspace for both training and testing, while at the same time there is no other controlled airspace in the vicinity to limit other forms of training. The relatively small number of commercial flights into the airport means that there are rarely significant delays to training flights, and the excellent weather factor in the local area means that flying is not often curtailed.
Cardiff and Bristol airports are but a short transit away, both offering a choice of instrument approaches, and the smaller airfield at Yeovil/Westland is good location for practising NDB holding and approaches in uncongested airspace. Slightly further away are Bournemouth and Newquay airports which also offer good training opportunities. If two students are paired together, there is also the opportunity to go to the Channel Islands, with one student flying the outbound and the other the return leg.
All testing is conducted on-site, again saving both time and money. Good co-operation with the Flight Test Booking Centre normally ensures that examiners are available to match our needs, and we maintain excellent relations with those who come to conduct our tests. The pass rates achieved by our students are at least as good as any other school in the country.
There is an excellent range of reasonably priced accommodation in the local area, including hotels and Bed and Breakfast facilities – please give us a call for recommendations to suit your needs. And there are numerous good pubs all around the area for an evening meal and relaxation, while the city of Exeter with its good shopping and restaurants is only 10 minutes away.