Entry level aircraft that are typically club owned, 2 or 4 seat tourers often used for student training. Mostly from the late 70's-80's era.
Or for enhanced range and increased cost sharing, 6-seat single engine aircraft can take you places quicker, especially the turboprop. PA-46.
Light twin engined aircraft are also popular options for overseas cost sharing trips e.g. Ireland, the Channel Islands or even Shetlands & Faroe Islands.
And for the more daring, you can even share in the old WWI aircraft such as the Tiger Moth or WWII aircraft such as the T-6 Texan. Aerobatics optional.
No need to pay up front or commit to flying until 8-24hrs before you go.
Weather conditions mostly dictate the likelihood of flying.
Pilot's are unable to profit but they can share the costs fairly across the flying group. This can significantly reduce the cost of private flying.
At no time should personal safety be compromised. Pilots must conduct a safety briefing & everyone carries a duty of responsibility.
No monthly fees to be concerned about. If you don't fly, you don't need to share the costs. Temporary flying club membership may be required e.g. £10
If you have a desire to go somewhere further away and for longer, then you can discuss with the pilot and other passengers at your own convenience.
“I had the opportunity to take my son flying from Denham to Silverstone. We were lucky enough to fly over the F1 race circuit. At first, I was a little apprehensive but soon got into the groove and the experience for my son was indescribable. We took some great photos as the skies were crystal clear. Hats off to our pilot who made the whole experience safe, calm and relaxed.”
“It was a lovely day and I arrived at the airfield not know where we were going. We were soon en route to the Isle of Wight routing to the North of London and out to Kent and then along the coast. I shall never think of private flying in the same way, it's far more accessible to me than I thought. Thanks to the pilot for making the experience fun and enjoyable yet safe and memorable.”
“I've loved aircraft for years and have never really thought about private flying. Now I can indulge my interest and go somewhere new each time. I've flewn to Duxford, Isle of Wight and Shoreham already and I'm aspiring to a number of destinations much further afield. The pilot happens to be a friend and I've learned a lot about private flying over the years. I would love to get my own PPL if only I could make the time.”