Frequently asked questions


Frequently asked questions

This page is dedicated to answering any additional questions that you might have. If you can’t find your answer here or you would rather speak to someone in person, you can contact us via the details at the bottom of the page, or by visiting the contact page.

How long do I have to join for?

There is a minimum joining time of just 6 months, and after that, you can leave the group with just one month’s notice.

How much are the aircraft to hire?

Our Cessna 172s are £135.00 per tacho hour, our Cessna 152/150s are £107.50 per tacho hour and our PA28 Archer II G-NUKA is £155.00 per tacho hour. These prices are wet and inclusive of VAT.

How are the costs calculated?

All the aircraft are billed by the ‘tacho hour’ and the flying time is invoiced monthly. The amount(s) invoiced will be the actual start/stop tacho reading from the relevant aircraft’s engine, based on the above rates. For those unfamiliar with this system, the tacho is a meter in the rev counter which works in direct correlation to the engine revs applied.
(A full tacho hour on average equates to approx 1hr 10mins to 1hr 15mins engine time).

Are there any other costs?

There is a monthly membership charge of £65, this is payable by standing order. There is also an insurance excess waiver which is detailed below. A £200 deposit is required, this will be refunded when you leave the group.

Do I have to pay towards the insurance?

All the aircraft are fully insured and the premium is included in the hire and monthly rates. However, each insurance policy carries a high excess which varies from aircraft to aircraft but is on average £1000. We therefore have and recommend our insurance excess waiver. The waiver costs £60 per annum and runs from the 1st April to the 31st March and will be charged pro rota (£5 per month) depending on your date of joining. This fully covers your insurance excess liability should you be unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident or incident that results in an insurance claim.

What are the landing fees at North Weald?

There are no landing fees at North Weald when you become a member of the ‘The Squadron’ at North Weald. This is currently £160.00 per year. All NWFG members also need to become members of ‘The Squadron’ which operates the clubhouse/cafe and buildings facilities on the area of North Weald from which we operate.

Can I take the planes away for trips?

Yes, you can take the aircraft away for trips including overnight stays at no additional cost subject to a couple of minor restrictions if the aircraft are taken away for longer periods. We will be happy to discuss these with you if required.

Is there a minimum hourly requirement to join?

There is no minimum hour requirement to join. We hold full flying club insurance and are also CAA Approved Training Organisation (ATO 0332). You can join as soon as you get your licence or if you are considering learning to fly or have actually started at another flying school we offer extremely competitive training rates through our sister company North Weald Flight Training Ltd. The transition to the NWFG is then a simple process.
Click on the Pilot Training link above

I am working towards my CPL/ATPL’s and would like to hour build, can the group offer any packages?

We do offer a ‘restricted membership’ through North Weald Flight Training. This is ideal for hour builders as it offers all the advantages of the NWFG but only allows you use of the C152/150’s. This is a perfect aircraft for hour building. The hourly rate with no monthly membership fee is £127.50 per tacho hour. However there are various upfront payment packages which can reduce the hourly rate to as low as £107.50 pth. Full details of these packages can be found on the NWFT website by clicking the Pilot Training link above. If required an upgrade to full NWFG membership can be undertaken at any time subject to a familiarisation/check out on the larger aircraft. Availability of these aircraft is subject to Flight Training requirements.

How do I book an aircraft?

All aircraft bookings are made via our online web-based booking system.

Can I do further flight training through the group?

Yes, the group with its CAA ATO is able to carry out further flight training, IR(R)), licence revalidations, renewals, proficiency checks etc.

How long is the check out and what plane will I use?

The checkout generally only takes about one hours flying time if you have flown our aircraft type previously. It will probably be longer if you need familiarisation training. Due to the close proximity of Stansted airspace we also carry out a detailed ground brief. This ensures that by the time you have completed the checkout you are fully familiar with the circuit and the surrounding airspace restrictions at North Weald. Generally the whole check out process takes about three to four hours.

Once I am checked out, can I fly any aircraft in the group?

If you are checked out on a C172 that will cover all of the group’s current Cessna aircraft. You will need a separate check-out and a minimum of 100 flying hours to be able to fly our Piper Archer II.

What if I have never flown that type before?

That’s no problem as the differences in training can be incorporated at the same time as the check flight, but will obviously take slightly longer depending on your experience and how quickly you adjust to the type.

How many planes are there?

Currently there are 10 aircraft available.

Are there any problems with availability?

Generally no, with ten aircraft in the group, availability is excellent all year round. There can obviously be some busy weekends in the fine summer months, but weekdays are never a problem.

What else does the group have to offer me?

By becoming a member of the NWFG you will have access to a fleet of extremely well maintained and presented aircraft which you will be able to fly with the absolute minimum of hassle. Book your aircraft, turn up, complete your daily checks and go flying. If you have any technical problems you just report it to us and we do the rest. There is no additional cost to you. We offer excellent back up for any issues arising or for just general practical help and advice with your flying. Our staffed ‘Flight Training’ office is open on site 7 days a week so any advice or help can be easily sought from our experienced staff and instructors.

Would there be an opportunity to fly with others within the group?

Yes, we have a very active ‘Fly Out’ group and there are always other members who can be contacted via the web site ready to share flights. Look at our ‘trips’ section for our previous adventures.

How do I go about joining?

The first thing to do is contact Paul Bazire or Simon Lowman by email or phone, using the details supplied on the web site under the contacts page. The airfield is open 7 days a week and you are more than welcome to call in during the opening hours of 08.30-17.30 to view the facilities. (the café generally closes around 15.30). However if you would like to discuss the NWFG, view the aircraft and to discuss membership or hour building then please make an appointment to ensure someone is available to answer your questions and show you the facilities in detail

Contact us

North Weald Flying Group operate out of the Squadron at North Weald Airfield.

The airfield is 10 miles south of Stansted and can be seen from the M11. Follow signs from the A414 and on entrance to the field, follow the perimeter track all the way around the field until you arrive at the distinctive Squadron building.

phone: 01992522090