If you are looking for flying lessons in Essex, then Andrewsfield Aerodrome, near Braintree and Stansted Airport, is a great place to start. If you are looking to book yourself a flying lesson or perhaps for someone else as a gift voucher, Andrewsfield Aerodrome offers lessons in light aircraft. You do not need any previous experience, and best of all you can bring the whole family along to watch, whether you book directly onto an available date or purchase an open gift voucher from us here at FlyDays.
Andrewsfield Airfield is open 7 days a week from 9.00am during the summer and from 8.30am during the winter. If you are planning on landing your own aircraft the current landing fees are £2 (2 seat aircraft) or £2.50 (4 Seat aircraft) per hour (fuel surcharge not included). The Airfields Club Bar is open from 8:30 am - 9 pm serving breakfast until noon and lunch until 3 pm.
Please note that some or all of the flying experiences at Andrewsfield Aerodrome may be run by an independent operator and the flight dates will be subject to availability.
Situated in the North West of Braintree, Andrewsfield Aerodrome offers fantastic views over the town and surrounding villages, and has great routes near Stansted Airport. Andrewsfield is approximately 12 miles East of Stansted in Essex, just off the B1256 between Great Dunmow and Braintree, with easy access from the M11. The nearest train station is Braintree, and a taxi from the station takes about 15 minutes.
Andrewsfield Aerodrome is conveniently located in Essex, just a stone’s throw from the M11 and close to the M25 motorway and the A12, making it easily accessible for visitors from the South East and East of England.
Andrewsfield - so named, because of its connections to Lieutenant General Frank M. Andrews, one of the most well respected and recognised figures in aviation during World War II - was one of eight airfields in Essex required as America entered into the ongoing European conflict following the devastating bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941.
It was needed as a base to house the incoming scores of American aircraft, and was duly built as the 819th Aviation Engineer Battalion descended on the small village of Great Saling in 1942. Opened in April 1943, Andrewsfield Aerodrome originally had a 1920 metres long track and two T2 hangars.
After the end of WWII in 1945, Andrewsfield gradually fell into disuse and disrepair before closing in 1948, with most of the original aerodrome buildings (excluding the T2 hangars) and runway turning over to farmland once again.
And that’s the way it stayed until 1972, when Clive Harvey and Robert Bucknell set out a 914 metre long grass strip along the same stretch where the original runway had laid, and thus Andrewsfield Aerodrome reopened for civil aviation, in particular as a base for the Andrewsfield Flying Club, which has been in operation there since 1975, with the CAA licensing it in 1976.
Andrewsfield Aerodrome is the perfect location to learn to fly and those who take to the skies with FlyDays.co.uk are rewarded with fantastic views of nearby Braintree, Great Dunmow and the surrounding area.
Indeed, it has seen countless people take their first steps to earning their Private Pilot’s Licence, and you could be next thanks to FlyDays.co.uk.
Our 30-minute aeroplane flying lesson, in a two-seater plane, is the perfect way to see if learning to fly is for you. We’re pretty certain you’ll be bitten by the aviation bug as you experience flying an aeroplane for the first time.
The trial lesson starts with a short pre-flight briefing, including an introduction to the aeroplane controls. However, not before long and you’ll be airborne. Your experienced pilot instructor will make you feel comfortable before letting you fly the plane for yourself.
It will be a magical experience, and hopefully, one that you’ll want to repeat time and time again as you gain confidence and possibly aim for a Private Pilot’s Licence.
Those who want to enjoy a trial lesson with more air time should opt for our 60 minute aeroplane flying lesson. Once again, you’ll be given the opportunity to fly a two-seater plane high above Essex.
The format is similar to our 30 minute flying lesson, but you’ll be able to spend more time high in the skies to learn the basics of aviation. So that’s double the time to build your confidence up in the air (literally and figuratively).
The experience finishes with a signed certificate from your CAA qualified instructor which will act as a reminder of your time high above the South East of England, and hopefully act as an inspiration to enjoy even more flying lessons.
Booking either a 30 minute or 1 hour flying lesson at Andrewsfield Aerodrome is so easy to do, whether it’s a treat for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, friend, family member or even a work colleague. Just book onto an available date or purchase one of our open gift vouchers for total flexibility.