Now a school aircraft
Initially, Mark purchased the Cessna 172 for people who wanted to do a bit of instrument and glass cockpit training, as well as touring, within a small group of around ten people, who would all look after the aircraft. Mark was keen to ensure that members were professional in their attitudes to both flying and maintaining the aircraft. Now, however, the aeroplane will be used in a newly-formed flying school (Academy Aviation: www. academyaviation.co.uk) at North Weald, operated in conjunction with Eddie Lamb. Mark is an FI(R) while Eddie is FI, IR(I), MEI as well as a PPL, MEP and IMC renewals Examiner. They also have an agreement with Damyn’s Hall so training can take place there if required.
The ATO is already set-up and approved by the CAA. The new school offers PPL, LAPL, Night Rating, IMC and IR(R) training. They have a lovely Cessna 152 and the four-seat F172N which can be used for training. The school also offers aircraft rentals and licence renewals. Eddie is also an FAA instructor/ CFI/CFII/MEI so can conduct FAA training and renewals.
Mark and Eddie plan to add further, similarly immaculate aircraft to the school “Learning to fly is an expensive pastime so for an extra £5 to £10 an hour you can fly in a nice, well-maintained and attractive aircraft,” says Mark.