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Cloudbase Aviation – top flying school in Surrey since 1987!

Based at Redhill Aerodrome in Surrey, Cloudbase flying club and school offers first class lessons and air experience flights every day of the week. Experience the thrill of travelling over the Surrey, Sussex and Kent countryside at over 120mph! Get your pilot’s licence in only 25 hours!

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Cloudbase Flying Club

Join the club! You will feel very welcome in our flying community. If you have any question about flying, there a loads of Cloudbase members that will help you and give you sound advice. The club arranges lots of social events and club 'fly-out' days so get involved!

What People Say About Cloudbase?

I've done the majority of my flight training with Cloudbase and I am enjoying the experience and look forward to my first solo flight which should be soon I hope. My instructor Phil is a great guy and easy to get along with. He is highly experienced and has trained many pilots! This inspires my confidence and enables me to relax and enjoy flying. We fly the excellent CT2K, G-CDJF. It is spacious with plenty room for my long legs! I hope to complete my training soon and buy a share in the Cloudbase's  G-KUPP, a CTSW that I've flown a few times. On the ground, I enjoy spending time with the Cloudbase pilots learning about all things to do with flying. I'm so glad I took up flying!
Sam – Student
<strong>Sam – Student</strong>
I was dared into taking a flying lesson by my mates one Friday night. We Googled flying schools near London, and Cloudbase was by far the most affordable. We booked it there and then on my friend's mobile phone, and Phil was even able to fit me in that Sunday! I turned up on Sunday morning and had an amazing day. I didn't realise I would get bit by the flying bug but now I'm seriously considering lessons. Cloudbase told me I could count the hour air experience flight I had towards the 25 I need for a private pilot's licence.
Duncan – Air Experience
<strong>Duncan – Air Experience</strong>
I have wanted to learn to fly since being a teenager but never felt that I could either afford or felt that I could do it. I then discovered microlights, and realised that this could be my way in. After searching the net I came across Cloudbase, and what attracted me about them was the ability to be able to buy a share in a plane, a very cost effective way to go flying in my opinion! I booked an air experience as a taster and, as a result of that, decided to go forward. To date I have found Phil to be an excellent and patient teacher, even when I keep doing the wrong thing!! So far so good and no problems in recommending the school to anyone!
Chris – Student
<strong>Chris – Student</strong>

What can we do for you?

Cloudbase can offer you a cost-effective way to fly. From simple gift-flights for loved ones, quality flight tuition to gain your licence, and owning a share in our high-performance aircraft, you can get everything from the ‘super-friendly’ flying club. Club members include aircraft engineers and commercial pilots, so advice and support is for you should you need it at any stage of your flying journey!

Meet The Cloudbase Team

Phil – Chief Flying Instructor,  Director
Phil – Chief Flying Instructor, Director
After a long-term career as ramp supervisor for British Airways engineering, Phil founded Cloudbase Aviation in 1987. Phil began training on Shadow fixed-wing microlights but has instructed on several aircraft types since. He has taught hundreds of students how to fly, and his chatty, approachable personality filters down through the entire flying school.
    Ian Shepard – Instructor
    Ian Shepard – Instructor
      Dave Hill – Instructor
      Dave Hill – Instructor
        Helen – Club Administrator
        Helen – Club Administrator
        Helen is the linchpin behind the successful running of Cloudbase Aviation’s club. With an eye for detail and exceptional organisational skills, Helen runs club functions and administration.
          Nick – Operations Manager
          Nick – Operations Manager
          Nick has been an integral member of the Cloudbase team for the last 5 years. Nick ensures the smooth running of the club with scheduling and ground support. He also instructs part-time for the RAF Air Cadets at the local squadron, and learnt to fly at Cloudbase.
            Will – Commercial Pilot
            Will – Commercial Pilot
            Will began cleaning aircraft at Cloudbase Aviation at 14 years old. Cloudbase’s training led to his first solo flight at 16, private pilot licence acquisition at 17, and commercial licence at 19. He is now an airline pilot, alongside his flying at Cloudbase. He believes in a common-sense approach to training.