Prices, Terms & Conditions

About our pricing policy


One of the most often asked first questions when a student is deciding on whether to join a flying school is “How much will it cost?”. This is not as simple a question as it may first seem. Do not be drawn into the trap of thinking that a cheap hourly rate will spare you £££s by the end of the course – In reality it could be quite the opposite.

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Operating an aircraft is expensive. It follows that the bulk of your investment in gaining a pilot’s licence will depend on the number of flight training hours required to pass your skills test. The PPL and LAPL courses have a minimum requirement of 45 and 30 flight training hours respectively – this only realistically allows for each exercise to be covered once, so it is no suprise that students will often exceed this minimum requirement by a significant margin. There are two major contributory factors to the number of additional hours it will take you to complete your course:

Your instructor. An hour with a good instructor is worth double to the student than that with a poor or inexperienced one.  At Merseyflight we invest in Flying Instructors of the highest calibre. Quality instructors cost more, but you will complete your PPL in less hours, saving you money in the long run. If you learn to fly with Merseyflight we guarantee you will be partnered with an experienced, career instructor with thousands of hours teaching experience.

You, the student. Individual students learn in different ways and the need to consolidate airborne exercises over multiple lessons is not unusual. We have invested in a flight simulator which replicates the cockpit of our PA-38 training aircraft and, when used consistently to complement your flight training, can drastically reduce the need for additional airborne training above and beyond the minimum course requirements.

Aside from the flight training costs, learning to fly at an international airport is both a privilige and an enormous benefit to the student. It fosters (and demands) professionalism, high standards and safe practices. It offers unrivalled facilities, including a runway which is open all year round – rain or shine. Learning to fly at Liverpool Airport does command a relatively small premium when compared to learning at smaller aerodromes, but the advantages far outweigh the comparatively modest additional costs.

Flight Training and Aircraft Hire Prices

Prices are inclusive of VAT

Piper PA-38 Tomahawk

Introductory Trial Lesson £124
Extended Trial Lesson £174
3 Lesson Starter Package £499
3 extended flying lessons, including landings, pilot logs, briefings and temporary membership.
Hourly Rates:
PPL/LAPL Training £164*
IMC/Night Training +£20 per hour
Private Hire (per hour) £124*


Piper PA-28 Cherokee

Introductory Trial Lesson £149
Extended Trial Lesson £204
3 Lesson Starter Package £589
3 extended flying lessons, including landings, pilot logs, briefings and temporary membership.
Hourly Rates:
PPL/LAPL Training £189*
IMC/Night Training +£20 per hour
Private Hire £149*


Hourly rates and discounts

Asterisk (*) Denotes lowest available rate when blocks of 10 hours are purchased in advance. Add £5 per hour for pay-as-you-go rates.

Landing fees

Landing fees are not included in hourly rates and and are charged at the current rate as determined by Liverpool John Lennon Airport, the scheme of charges for which can be found in our resources section.

All trial lesson prices are fully inclusive of all charges.

Additional fees & charges

Prices are inclusive of VAT where applicable

Annual membership (Licence holder)

£12 per month (payable annually)

Annual membership (Student pilot)

£15 per month (payable annually)

Your Merseyflight membership provides:

  • 12 month access to our facilities
  • reduced training costs
  • Free online ground study resources
  • Your own airside pass
  • Your own electronic online logbook
  • Online access to your student records
  • Online access to our booking system
  • Online access to our operational documentation
  • All of your required insurance cover

Pilot’s Starter Kit

Air Pilot’s Manual Volumes 1, 2, 4, 6 & 7, log book, kneeboard, aircraft checklist, fuel tester, aircraft technical guide, hi-vis vest, ear protection, lanyard, student pass and cockpit poster all in a flight bag!

Pilot’s Navigation Kit

Air Pilot’s Manual Volume 3, flight computer, Northern chart, Southern chart, VFR flight guide, long rule, flight protractor, plotter, chart pens (4).

PA-38 Simulator (with FI)

£45 per hour

One-to-one ground school

£35 per hour

Radiotelephony course (2 days)


Ground Examination


PPL/IMC skills test or SEP/IMC revalidation


Medical flight test


Paperwork certification





1.1       The definitions and rules of interpretation in this clause apply in these terms: -

  • 'Company' means Merseyflight Limited, trading as Merseyflight Air Training Company, of General Aviation Area, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Liverpool L24 5GA;
  • 'Course' means any pilot training or related course or programme (including a single trial flight) offered and provided by the Company from time to time;
  • 'Flight Instructor' means the captain of the aircraft as appointed by the Company;
  • 'Student' means any person accepted by the Company in writing on a Course.

1.2      A reference to a law is a reference to it as it is in force for the time being taking account of any amendment, extension, application or re-enactment and includes any subordinate legislation for the time being in force made under it.

1.3       Words in the singular include the plural and in the plural include the singular.

1.4       A reference to one gender includes a reference to the other gender.

1.5       Clause headings do not affect the interpretation of these terms.


2.1       Quoted flight times are approximate and may vary due to volume of air traffic or other operational reasons. Flight time is defined as airborne time plus 15 minutes for taxi and checks.

2.2       Students under the age of 18 require the written consent of a parent or guardian. Parents or guardians must ensure that all children are properly supervised at all times.

2.3       Observers on (4 Seater) flights are restricted to family or friends of the Student and are welcomed aboard at the discretion of the Flight Instructor.

2.4       All flights are subject to cancellation by the Company at short notice. It is the responsibility of the Student to telephone the Company on 0151 907 1450 on the day of their flight to confirm arrangements.  The Company will not be liable for any associated cost resulting from a cancellation at short notice.

2.5       Height restrictions apply. Strict weight restrictions apply - please contact the Company before your flight if above 16 Stone/102kg.

2.6       Purchased goods and services are non-refundable. Services purchased are transferable upon written request. Multiple services which are packaged together and sold as one may not be shared among multiple persons.

2.7       All pre-paid goods and services, including gift cards, Courses and lessons, must be claimed and used within 12 months unless specified otherwise. The validity of expired goods and services may be extended subject to an additional charge and at the sole discretion of the Company.

2.8       It is the responsibility of the Student to book their appointment within the relevant validity period if booking pursuant to gift card or pre-paid voucher or service and to present the gift card or pre-paid voucher on the day of the flight or commencement of the Course.



2.9       If the gift card or pre-paid voucher has been lost or misplaced the Company, at its discretion, may refuse to accept the gift card or pre-paid voucher or may levy a proportionate charge to be determined by the Company.

2.10     All Students must maintain a valid Company membership and insurance to fly.  If the Student maintains an account with the Company the account must remain in credit.

2.11     If a booking is cancelled by the Student within 48 hours of the allocated slot time, or the Student arrives late for their flight, any pre-paid voucher will be invalidated and/or a re-booking fee will be levied.

2.12     In the event of a booking being cancelled by the Company due to weather, operational reasons or any other circumstances outside of its control the purchased goods/service remain valid, subject to the relevant validity period if booked using a gift card or pre-paid voucher, and may be rebooked for a mutually convenient date.

2.13     The Company will not be liable for any expenses or costs incurred from flight cancellations due to operational circumstances or any circumstances outside of its control.

2.14     If in the opinion of the Company it considers the aptitude, behaviour or attitude of a Student falls below that expected of a Student or the Student breaches the operations manual or standard operating procedures or the Student fails to maintain their account in credit, the Company may cancel a flight or a Course at its sole discretion and terminate the membership of a Student.  Any refund, in full or in part, will be at the sole discretion of the Company.

2.15     All Students should ensure that they are in good health and if in doubt should seek medical advice from their doctor.  This is the responsibility of the Student.

2.16     The Flight Instructor reserves the right to refuse to allow any person on board the aircraft if he suspects them to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or if he feels they may adversely affect the safe conduct of the flight in any way.  No refund will be offered in such circumstances.

2.17     No photographic or recording equipment is allowed airside or on board the aircraft. Mobile devices must be switched off if being taken airside – flight mode is not allowed.

2.18     When airside, visitors shall stay with their escort at all times and are subject to, and will comply with, all current safety rules and procedures.

2.19     Whilst every precaution is taken for the safety of Students and their property, the Company will not be held liable for any loss, theft, damage or, as far as permitted, injury.

2.20     Smoking is prohibited once within the Company security perimeter.

2.21     All pilots of Company aircraft (including Students) must (a) certify their understanding and acceptance of all required Company manuals and documentation before undertaking any flight as commander of a Company aircraft, unless the same has been signed within the last 12 months or since the last amendment, whichever is the latter; and (b) comply with all rules and procedures as set out therein; and furthermore (c) comply with these terms and conditions.

2.22     These terms and conditions are governed in accordance with the laws of England & Wales.