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Dave Hughes

Many thanks to Bob for the 2 by 1 hour experience flights to prepare me for a Spitfire flight from Cumbernauld. Flight was over the Southern highlands out to Corrievreckan including a rapid descent and close look at a frigate in the Clyde and a look at a "puffer" at the Crinan canal. The return was via a bealach between 2 hills and also had a rainbow surrounding the the trailing edge of the port wing south of Ben Lomond. We finished off with several aeros over the airfield. I had control for 15/20 minutes!!! Fantastic!!!

David Murray

To all it concerns I would like to thank you for my flying experience that I had this morning. It is something that I enjoyed immensely and the flight was made more enjoyable by the knowledge of the instructor of the area that we flew over. Yet again many thanks. Dave Murray

Andrew Turner

I want to agree with what most other people have written on here, I had a 1 hour experience flight and the time flew over, The weather was perfect and we flew out toward the lakes, headed towards Workington then along the coast before refuelling at Kirkbride Then a short hop over Carlisle, then landing back at Carlisle airport. I am not surprised how people get hooked on flying because it was amazing. Bob who took me up is very reassuring and very funny! Funds permitting I would love to do it again. and I want to thank Carlisle Flight training for helping me tick off one more thing off my bucket list.

Derek Irwin

We, that is self wife and 12 year old grandaughter, really enjoyed the experience. We had a 1 hr. flight which covered the North Lakes and Carlisle. I was able to fly the aircraft and didn't scare the family! All in all something that we will repeat and recommend to others. Excellent.

John Black

Flew from Kirkbride due to the ongoing works at Carlisle Airport, really enjoyed the flight and conversations with Bob, absolute top man, could have done with spending more time on the mission, remembered all the questions I meant to ask during the flight afterwards and should have asked Bob more questions about himself too. Please don't take this as a threat, I'll be back!!!! Terrific 70th birthday present from Steven and Denise, Rebecca and Josh, Rachael and Michael. Many thanks all.

Eddie Dawson

Thank you to Bob and all at Carlisle Flight Training for an exceptional day flying over the Cumbrian landscape. Very lucky with the weather and really enjoyed the "crack" with Bob. He made it all seem so straight forward and safe! Best wishes to all

Tony Pelham

Just a few words of appreciation to say how much I enjoyed my flight last Saturday. We were so lucky to get such a nice day for it considering the weather on Sunday. The family enjoyed the day out as well, and the photos were on Facebook by the evening! I have found out a lot more about G-CHER on the web and loads of photos. I must say it was a lot more comfortable than a draughty old Tiger Moth from my cadet days. I have recommended the experience to some of my friends, so you may be getting some repeat bookings. Thanks once again and best wishes, Tony Pelham


Good, went to Gretna in 4 seater. Going to do it again and again.

Nigel Crane

Alan, many thanks for your patience and a great lesson.Intend to carry on and get down to some real work and sharpen up.

Bob Sloan

My thanks to all at Carlisle Flight Training for an excellent day especially when I discovered my daughter Kate could fly with me. I was very lucky to pick a day with good weather which made my flight most enjoyable. A special thank you to Bob Stringer, my instructor, who immediately put me at ease with words I wont forget, "Ive got the pedals and throttle, the rest is up to you", that made my day! Thank god he didnt repeat these words for landing as the wind had increased a bit. I have a feeling that I will be back in the not too distant future! Fantastic, again, many thanks.

John Bruce

Hi,thanks to all concerned, for a fantastic flight experience!I enjoyed every minute and was exhilarated at being allowed to play a part in the landing,under his expert guidance.I am still as high as a kite and can't wait for the next time. John Bruce.

Martin Matthews & Steve Miles

Fantastic start to our week ' up norf '. Thanks Bob. Really enjoyed the flight and of course, the banter. Experienced and knowledgeable. We both had a great time.

Impressive First Flight Experience

Received a Trial Flight as a 40th Birthday Gift. This is something I have always wanted to do and I am pleased to say I can now tick it off my Bucket list. Excellent Service from all at Carlisle Flight Training School, I was made to feel very welcome from the outset and safety, I am pleased to say... was there number 1 priority throughout.... I have to admit, the thought of flying a small aircraft made me a little apprehensive, however after learning of the Safety Aspects etc.. All I experienced was FUN !! I was also surprised by how much hands on experience of the controls I actually did - and this was only my Trial - possibly - First of many lessons ! Add to this the excellent views over the Solway Firth with views of South West Scotland, The western Lake District and the borders of Northumberland and Scotland..... What was actually 30 minutes, felt like about 5...I never knew it would be so much fun ! :) All in all an excellent experience and highly recommended to do at least once in your lifetime. I chose Carlisle because I have flown in and out of Newcastle loads of times and never Carlisle......Not to mention, the scenery is FAB ! :) Ironically, the first time I fly in and out of here I end up flying the plane.... Magnificent. Highly recommended for all.. I may even partake in a future flight some time soon to see a bit more of the Solway Coastline and if I do, it will have to be with Carlisle Flight Training... Thank you to all staff for today's experience. :)

Alison Boland

Just wanted to say a MASSIVE thankyou to Bob for my flight experience 13/10/14.Nerves of steel taking someone like me who has never even been in a plane before. I will defo be back for another go :)

Grahame Jenkins

Many thanks to Liam, Bob (and Lloyd) for such a warm and friendly welcome. Great relaxed atmosphere - SO different from larger airports. Thanks for patience on the occasion of my first ever flight at the controls.

Brian Hillhouse

Thank you for a wonderfully instructive half hour which went a lot quicker than I thought it would. My lesson was fun and I learnt a lot about the basics of flying a plane. My wife would never have let me take off and fly, but I am glad she bought it for my 60th Birthday. I would recommend it to anybody.

Yesterday’s Fantastic Flight

Absolutely fantastic flight, wife and son enjoyed it again, I'm counting the days till my next lesson. Many thanks to Bob, great instructor. To anyone wanting to learn with family my advice is get your family on board and your laughing, literally. Many thanks to all involved. See you soon.

Stephen Beer

Thanks Bob for a fantastic lesson, had a great flight, dad wasn't looking as green after picking him up from kirkbride lol, looking forward to seeing you all again ;-)

John Bruce

Thanks to my partner Yvonne for making this possible and to my instructor Alan and all at CFT for another great Flight Experience,this time to the Lakes.

David Irving

A big thank you to Carlisle Flight training and to Bob who was fantastic and put you at ease so that you can enjoy a great flight over the area. This was a present for my 50th birthday but I will not be waiting that long before going back.

James Gaw

Fantastic experience, with a friendly and very patient and informative instructor. Thank you all so much for a great day. I'll be back for more.

Gary Butler

Big thanx to Alan, Bob and staff for the great welcome and superb flights on Sunday 29th. Gorgeous day, fab views, even the choppy air didn't put us off! Cant wait for the next time! See yaw'l soon!

Alan Johnson

I was given a training flight as a 60th birthday present, and although I was a little nervous at first, the pilot and the friendly people at CFT, made me feel very welcome and I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it, and now have a great memory of my birthday, thank you all very much, I can not recommend you highly enough,

Kai Hodgson

Absolutely brilliant! Many thanks to the team for making my flying experience outstanding. Will definitely recommend Carlisle Flight Training to everybody I know and meet. Hoping to return soon.

Jackson Moore M.B.E.

Many thanks for looking after us on Sunday when you took Jean, a disabled 80 year old, and our daughter Karen on a flight.. Jean had been worrying, and yes fearing it since it was booked, but she thought it was all fantastic and sorry it was all over so quickly, she wishes you to please thank the Pilot for being so kind, helpful and informative.. He obviously did a great job, and I would not be surprised if Jean does not do it all again.


Many thanks to Bob for patiently instructing my first night flight. Very interesting and quite magical despite the failure of the aurora borealis to appear.

Gary Campbell

Got this for my 50th was a great experience enjoyed every minute . Thanks Carlisle Flight Training the giraffe !!


Had a great flight on G-BPIK, taking off from runway 07 in glorious sunshine. With Bob's expert help, soon got the hang of level flight and turns. Enjoyed a smooth landing on 25. The hardest thing was keeping on the yellow line on the taxiway! Great present from my brother, who learnt to fly at Carlisle 30 years ago.

Ian McEwan

My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed my lesson today (14th June), thanks to everyone at Carlisle Flight Training for being so friendly and efficient. All in all, it was a wonderful experience, and one which I'd very much like to repeat - often. Checking out local restaurants in which we could take lunch was way above and beyond the call of duty, so thank you again, and well done.

Mike Kenny

Just wanted to say thank you for a most enjoyable flight with you last Monday. I did thoroughly enjoy it and with the benefit of your local knowledge I saw much more than i would have been able to if flying alone. I would also add that I was most impressed with your whole operation - I wish more operators were as friendly as yours. G-RNCH was a delight to fly albeit not as fast as a 235 yet that is probably a good thing as I could take my time and enjoy the landscape and sights, in particular Spadeadam. Many thanks again to you all. Mike

William Gordon

A long awaited ambition fulfilled as a birthday present,probably my best ever. An absolutely great experience with a very tolerant teacher which Ifervently hope to repeat. I would positively recommend the experience to all. THANK YOU? Bill Gordon

Jim King

All at Carlisle Flight Training, really enjoyed my first flying lesson. thanks very much, see you all again on the 18th.

Claire Campbell

To everyone at Carlisle Flight Training, Thank you so much for an amazing experience. I think I picked a perfect day for my flight as it's rained ever since. Hope to visit you all again soon.

Mrs M Pearcy

Alan, just to say a big, big 'thank you' from all 3 of us, for Monday's training session- it was exiting and informative. Thank you for your patience and good humour.

Mr & Mrs. B Marsden

Hi All, Our Daughter had her first Flight Experience with you on the 3rd Of May, in which she really enjoyed. We would like to thank all staff who were involved with this, as we found the staff to be very friendly and chatty, made for an excellent day. ps, they do a lovely Cheeseburger in the canteen too, along with other things on a very tasty menu at an affordable price. A big WELL DONE to all concerned. Yours Mr & Mrs B. Marsden.

Marc Smith

Just a quick message to say thanks to James, for the flight experience in the 4 seater Warrier. James made my first ever flight in a plane such an amazing experience, and totally planted the seed to undertake more lessons towards my ppl. Thanks for an amazing day !

Jamie Hooper

I flew in the piper tomahawk G-CHER and it is the best thing I had ever done. And now just at 13 I have actually flown an aeroplane!

Jim Simmons

Just wanted to say thanks to the instructor who took me up for a trial lesson on the 27th august,it was great.Just have to get my act together now and go the whole hog and get licence.thanks again.

Ronald Styth

Thank you very much for making our Thursday afternoon such a happy & memorable time.

Philip Cardwell – 89 years young pilot!

First bit of flying for twenty years. Almost as good as my first solo in 1945. The service I received was excellent and can recommend.

Bill Parkin

I was fortunate enough to learn to fly from Carlisle Aero Club as it was known back then in the late 1960s. As a young ATC Cadet I won an RAF scolarship to train for what was known then as a Student Pilots Licence, and whilst there did the extra hours and exams to get my PPL under the instruction of Captain Moore (the Mad Milkman) and Captain Barklay (Ex WW2 Lancaster Bomber Pilot). A great place to learn unfettered by nearby Air Traffic Controls then (not sure about now) but I had some brilliant times and experiences whilst up there. I watched the movie of the circuit and it brought back many memories. I only wish I was young enough, near enough and wealthy enough to fly from there once more, before I get my own set of permanent wings. Good luck to all who fly from there. If you are training you couldn't be in a better place!!!

Harry McMahon

I had a flying experience yesterday 27/2/16, I would just like to say a big thank you to all the staff, and to Alan who took both my self and my son up, it was a brilliant experience and I hope I will be doing it again very soon.

Trial Flight Sunday 13th July 2008

To all at Carlisle Flight Training This is a (very belated) Email to thank you all, on behalf of my mother, for the flight that she had on Sunday 13th July. This was a present for her 80th birthday and she thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience including being able to fly over her home in Dalbeattiie. The Pilot (Tom Vaughan, I think from memory) was exceptional. Whilst describing aspects of flying and about where we were flying over, he did it in an easy-going manner (involving conversations with both my mother & myself) rather than a pre-prepared commentary. My mother is still talking about the flight and has been recommending the experience to all and sundry. Once again thanks to all involved for for a great day!

Yesterdays Trial Flight

Hi, My Grandson and I were with you yesterday afternoon (Sat 28/06/08) for a 5pm flight in the Piper Warrior G-EJRS. Needless to say it was a brilliant experience that we will definitely repeat - last time I came I was on my own and that was an equally great experience. I would like to say that on both occasions I found the instructors superb with the ability to be there guiding you without being intrusive. Thanks for a great time yesterday!