Aviation fans in the North of England are spoilt for choice, with a fantastic array of flying experiences at Eshott Airfield. Offering a range of aeroplane and Microlight flying lessons, it is located 20 miles north of Newcastle and next to the A1. Get the chance to stretch your wings in Northumberland and enjoy some of the most scenic countryside in the UK from a totally new perspective.
Eshott Airfield is open from 8 am – 5 pm. It includes a clubhouse which features a cafe on weekends, free Wi-Fi, log fire and briefing facilities for pilots and students. If you are planning on landing your own aircraft at Eshott Airfield, then there is a landing fee of £10.00. Please note some or all of the flying experiences below at Eshott Airfield may be run by an independent operator and the flight dates will be subject to availability.
Eshott Airfield is easily accessible from the A1, just outside the main village of Eshott, with fantastic links to the nearby Northumberland National Park, and is half an hour’s drive from Newcastle upon Tyne city centre. The nearest train station is Morpeth, and a taxi from the station to the airfield takes just 20 minutes.
Northumberland aviation enthusiasts have flocked for years to Eshott Airfield. Situated between Morpeth and Alnwick on the North East coast of England, and also known as Bockenfield Aerodrome, its roots can be traced back to the peak of World War II.
The No 57 Operational Training Unit of the Royal Air Force established their base there in November 1942. Within a year, it was one of the strongest operating RAF bases in this part of the country, with 77 Supermarine Spitfires alone, as well as 10 Miles Master Mk3s and 6 Miles Martinets.
Training on Supermarine Spitfires continued at Eshott until August 1944, when they were transferred to RAF Boulmer. Nowadays, the airfield is home to recreational and civilian aviation, offering over 40 different aircraft, a 610 x 12m Asphalt runway, and a corresponding grass runway, as well as a helicopter pad, hangarage and a clubhouse.
Ever fancied being a pilot? Now’s your chance courtesy of FlyDays.co.uk at Eshott Airfield. Our 30 minute flying lesson for one in a two-seater aeroplane is a great taster session to see if you have what it takes to be a pilot.
Safety is paramount, and you’ll be guided by a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) qualified instructor who will begin the experience with the important pre-flight briefing.
However, not before long, you’ll be airborne and presented with the opportunity to actually take the controls. Just as importantly, if it is a pastime you’d like to progress, then it can even count as the first steps towards a Private Pilot’s Licence.
If flying is your new passion, then you can take it to the next level with our 60 minute flying lesson for one in a two-seater aeroplane. This can also count towards a Private Pilot’s Licence, and your gateway to a future career in aviation.
You’ll also be presented with a signed certificate from your instructor in recognition of your achievement flying the aeroplane. All in all, the ideal package for anyone seriously thinking about taking to the skies.
As well as aeroplanes, FlyDays.co.uk is proud to offer microlight flying experiences at Eshott Airfield, possibly the most fun way to experience the thrill of flying.
Of course, if you feel confident enough, you’ll have the chance to take the controls under the expert eye of your instructor.
Our 60 minute microlight flying lesson for one is the perfect way to enjoy the majestic Northumberland countryside from the air, while also learning to actually fly the craft. These aircraft might be small, but they punch above their weight for airborne thrills and excitement.
Booking a flying experience at Eshott Airfield with FlyDays.co.uk, whether it’s a treat for yourself or as a fantastic surprise for someone else, couldn’t be simpler. Just select the experience you want, book onto an available date or purchase an open gift voucher, and then look forward to the experience of a lifetime.