Take to the skies and experience true Freedom

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Welcome to Freedom Aviation. We are a friendly flying school based in the Cotswolds, specialising in training for the Private Pilot's Licence (PPL). If you already have a PPL, why not try your hand at learning tailwheel, aerobatics or perhaps an instrument rating? We operate from mainly Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire and use Oaksey Park Airfield in Wiltshire as our satellite airfield.  The benefits of two airfields are invaluable, Cotswold Airport operates a FISO service and has just over 2,000 metres of hard runway as well as a grass runway. Oaksey Park has a radio service and just under a 1000 metres of grass.

 

Hour Building
Wishing to pursue flying as a career? We can offer mentored hour building packages too. Rather than flying in circles, you could fly to Europe, the Scottish Highlands and Islands as well as exploring rarely visited parts of the UK. Mentored hour building will broaden your aviation experience and sharpen your skills, ready for your CPL training. Take a look at some of the photos taken from previous hour building trips to see what you can experience.

 

Flying Instructor Courses
Freedom’s Head of Training, Dave Jelly, is qualified to conduct Flying Instructor Courses. This can provide a further level of progression for those wishing to establish a career in aviation.

 

Ground School
We offer one day ground school for all subjects in the PPL/LAPL syllabus. At the end of each day you will have the opportunity to sit the exam whilst the information is fresh in your mind. We have a variety of ground school instructors including a current 747 pilot. Future course dates can be found here.

Meet the team

Sarah Letheren

Director
Sarah is responsible for the smooth daily running of the flying school. She’s always on the end of the phone to answer any queries. Sarah manages the...

Sarah is responsible for the smooth daily running of the flying school. She’s always on the end of the phone to answer any queries. Sarah manages the aircraft, maintenance, bookings, instructors, ground school, airfield liaison, social media and social events.

Prior to starting Freedom in 2006 Sarah worked in Television Production working on many primetime TV Shows, latterly concentrating on quiz shows where accuracy and attention to detail are essential.

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Dave Jelly

Head of Training and Examiner
Dave was in the British Military for 22 years and has served on many operational tours. He is a PPL/IRI flight Examiner, CAA Ground examiner and FIC...

Dave was in the British Military for 22 years and has served on many operational tours. He is a PPL/IRI flight Examiner, CAA Ground examiner and FIC Instructor.
He has led many flying adventures around Europe, including Orkney Islands, Outer Hebrides, Norway, Sweden, Croatia, Sardinia, Corsica, Italy, Romania and frequently flies to mainland Europe and The Channel Islands. Dave has an infectious enthusiasm for all types of general aviation flying and with his wealth of knowledge, relaxed manner and impeccable approach to safety and standards he ensures his students enjoy every hour of flying they share.

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Pippa Gregg

Operations Manager
Pippa completed her A Levels at Pate’s Grammar School, Cheltenham in 2016 and, after discovering that Psychology at university was not her true calling, joined...

Pippa completed her A Levels at Pate’s Grammar School, Cheltenham in 2016 and, after discovering that Psychology at university was not her true calling, joined the Freedom Aviation Team in the summer of 2017. Pippa has always been interested in general aviation and has recently worked at the Royal International Tattoo at Fairford. Pippa has embraced the role of Operations Manager with enthusiasm and is keen to help club members achieve their flying aspirations. Pippa is responsible for organising all ground schools and supports the instructors on a day to day basis.

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Bob McPhee

Flying and Ground School Instructor
Bob started flying powered aircraft in 1990 immediately after leaving school. Since then he has operated as a Royal Air Force C130 Hercules pilot during the...

Bob started flying powered aircraft in 1990 immediately after leaving school. Since then he has operated as a Royal Air Force C130 Hercules pilot during the Afghanistan and Second Gulf conflicts. Bob now flies the Boeing 747 and in his spare time teaches ground school and instructs at the Club.

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Laura Mayer

Flying Instructor
Laura experienced flying for the first time in 2012 as part of the Cotswold Airport Scholarship. This sparked her enthusiasm for a career in general aviation....

Laura experienced flying for the first time in 2012 as part of the Cotswold Airport Scholarship. This sparked her enthusiasm for a career in general aviation. She went on to gain her PPL, IR(R), Night Rating and Hour Building with Freedom Aviation. After completing her ATP exams and CPL course she went on to do a Flying Instructor Course with Freedom.
She successfully qualified early in 2018 and is now enjoying a full time job as an Instructor teaching Freedom students how to fly.

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Matt Cox

Flying Instructor
Matt has been interested in aviation since he was 2 years old when he used to visit his Mum who was an Air Traffic Controller in the RAF. He studied Economics...

Matt has been interested in aviation since he was 2 years old when he used to visit his Mum who was an Air Traffic Controller in the RAF. He studied Economics at the University of Plymouth and spent all his spare time competing in both surfing and windsurfing.

Matt completed his PPL with Freedom in 2016 and went on to complete his ATPL’s at Oxford in 2018. After embarking on a number of Freedom flying adventures with Dave, Matt decided to pursue a career in GA, completing his Night Rating, IR(R) and CPL before he enrolled on the Flying Instructor Course with Freedom. Matt is an enthusiastic instructor, keen to share his knowledge and experiences with all.

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Blake Thomas

Flying Instructor
Blake joined Freedom Aviation in 2013 and completed his PPL & Night Rating with Dave. During his time at Freedom he has been on many expeditions, and has flown...

Blake joined Freedom Aviation in 2013 and completed his PPL & Night Rating with Dave. During his time at Freedom he has been on many expeditions, and has flown around Europe. Prior to Blake pursuing his aviation career, he worked for Lloyds Bank as a Senior Personal Banking Advisor, understanding the importance of customer service and satisfaction! Blake has had a passion for aviation since a young age, and now wants to share his enthusiasm with prospective pilots, ensuring that they have an exhilarating and safe flying experience. Blake joined Freedom Aviation as an Instructor in Autumn 2015 and spends 50% of his day in the Citabria teaching tailwheel and aerobatics.

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