The Derby Aero Club and Flying School was originally formed in 1987 to provide flying training and aircraft hire from the original Derby Airfield at Burnaston.

The School and Club grew very quickly to be one of the largest clubs in the UK. However, due to the loss of Burnaston Airfield in 1990 to an unnamed Japanese car factory, the Club was forced to relocate.

Now, on its own airfield, only two miles from Burnaston, the Club continues to grow in size, experience and strength.

The Club offers all forms of flying training, together with aircraft hire and trial lessons, all backed by a strong and friendly social club.

Also on site is a pilot shop able to equip any aviator with whatever he/she desires.


Learning To Fly At Derby Airfield

The Derby Aero Club is the ideal place to learn to fly with many advantages over other flying schools.

Firstly, we own and operate our airfield. This means that everything is directed towards your training requirements. There is no other traffic. Flying training is the main operation.

Secondly, the airfield is outside controlled airspace, offering unrestricted access to flying with no chance of delay caused by priority given to commercial airliners or other traffic such as gliding or parachuting.

We have three runways so that we can take off and land into wind, or nearly so, regardless of the wind direction.

We are a CAA Approved and Registered Flying Training School, with our own in-house CAA Approved Examiners.

Finally, there are no landing fees at Derby for our club aircraft.

All these features enable you to get the best from your flying time.

For those wishing to obtain their PPL or other ratings, the Derby Aero club & Flying School offers a complete aviation service 'in house' with its own instructors, examiners and engineers.

The club operates its own maintenance facility. Routine servicing on Club aircraft is scheduled so that the aircraft are where they should be, ready for use.

The Derby Aero Club offers PPL and many other flying training courses plus aircraft hire and aircraft maintenance at very competitive rates.

Flying training is carried out in a friendly club atmosphere by a team of highly qualified and experienced instructors who are totally dedicated to helping you achieve the highest standards in flying. By the time you obtain your PPL you will be a safe, competent pilot with a good basis from which to develop your flying career. More advanced training is available for pilots wishing to progress commercially.

As a mark of recognition, the Derby Aero Club won the top national award, the Lennox-Boyd Trophy, for efficiency and contributions to flying training.

The Derby Aero Club also has an energetic social committee which organises an active social calendar of events.