Boultbee Flight Academy is approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to give training in vintage warbirds. Below you'll find a list of all the training flights on offer at Goodwood Aerodrome in the Spitfire. For each of the items listed below you will receive briefings about the facility, the aircraft, the flying equipment you'll be wearing such as helmets, flight suits and parachutes, and you'll receive briefings on flying techniques, the aircraft's systems and the aircraft's history. Then you'll meet your pilot and discuss with him what you'd like to do on your flight be it a sightseeing tour or some aerobatics, or a bit of both. To book any of the below flights you MUST hold or have held a fixed wing pilot licence.
This one day course will have you flying the Chipmunk, the Harvard and the Spitfire. You'll be sent technical information about all of the aircraft in the weeks before you arrive so that you can come prepared and make the most of each flight. In the Chipmunk you'll be sitting in the front seat for the 1 hour flight in which you'll learn how to land a tail wheel aircraft. You then progress on to the back seat of the Harvard to learn about variable pitch props and retractable undercarriage before taking your rear seat in the Spitfire! The instructor will do the take-off and landing leaving you fly all other aspects of the 60 minute flight. He'll demonstrate aerobatics and let you have a go if that's something you'd like to do! On departure you'll receive a signed print of the Spitfire that you flew in, a crew Spitfire patch with your name on it and a 360 video of your flight!
COST: £6600 (INC VAT)
SPITFIRE CONVERSION COURSE - FULL
This course can be built around your schedule or can be completed as a full time course. Dependant on your previous experience you will learn about the Spitfire from the ground up. You will have full and detailed briefs on all the technical aspects of the aircraft before progressing to the flying training. You will have two flights from the back seat from where you will get used to the aircraft speeds, and operation of controls and go through the standard upper airwork. You'll then progress to the front seat for circuit training, aerobatics training and emergency procedure training. We will train you to solo standard.
COST: £54,375 (PLUS VAT)
SPITFIRE CONVERSION COURSE - ABRIDGED
This course is designed for pilots with previous warbird experience and can be built around your schedule or can be completed as a full time course. You will learn about the Spitfire from the ground up with full and detailed briefs on all the technical aspects of the aircraft before progressing to the flying training. You will have one flight from the back seat from where you will get used to the aircraft speeds, and operation of controls and go through the standard upper airwork. You'll then progress to the front seat for circuit training, aerobatics training and emergency procedure training. We will train you to solo standard.
COST: £28,550 (PLUS VAT)
SOLO AN ORIGINAL MK9 SPITFIRE
Once you have completed one of the above Spitfire Conversion Courses you will have the opportunity to progress onto this course, ultimately enabling you the chance to fly a wartime Mk9 single seat Spitfire solo from Goodwood over and around the south of the UK..After having flown one of our two seat Spitfires with an instructor and completed the conversion course to a good standard you will undertake 5 to 10 hours training in our Spitfire Mk9 Simulator. On completion of this training, and a thorough brief on the aircraft, you will be able to fly our Mk9 Spitfire RR232 for a maximum of 3 hours. This is a world first opportunity to fly a single seat Spitfire solo.
SIMULATOR HOURLY RATE: £500 (PLUS VAT)
SPITFIRE RR232 HOURLY RATE: £5,000 (PLUS VAT)