About us

About us

The primary aim of the Pathfinder Flying Club is to provide regular Service personnel with flying instruction, to PPL standard, at the lowest possible cost.  As a registered Flying Training Provider, personnel may be entitled to part fund their flying training at the Pathfinder Flying Club through the MOD Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Services (ELC) scheme. Training courses and ratings for the Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL), National Private Pilot’s Licence (NPPL), Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC), Night and Aerobatics are available. 
Further details of the ELC scheme are available at http://www.enhancedlearningcredits.com/

Additional Aims

In addition PFC aims to provide facilities for instructional and recreational flying for Service reservists, members of the UAS and the ATC/CCF.  Service dependents, retired Service personnel, Civil Service staffs and locally employed contractor staffs can sometimes join, but there are restrictions on numbers that can be accepted from these latter 4 categories as there is an absolute requirement to maintain a service majority of members within the club.

Very occasionally, there may be opportunities for membership to be granted to civilians from the local area that are able to contribute significantly to further the aims of the Club.  However, it is not possible to consider such applications at the present time.

Operations

All flying operations are conducted in accordance with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations, the aircraft are on the civil register and instructors, although some are RAF pilots, all hold civilian instructor qualifications. The Chief Flying Instructor (CFI) manages all flying operations and instructional standards. Additionally, as an organization that benefits from Service charities, the Club must comply with certain Service general instructions. However, in general the Club is self-financing through the charges made to its members. By kind permission of the Station Commander at RAF Wyton, the Club enjoys use of RAF Wyton airfield, hangarage, the Club infrastructure and other support services and equipment..
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