Get More From Your Flying, and Protect Your Investment.  Have a Flying Lesson

Our Cambridge flying lessons take place at the stunning Grade 1 Listed Anstey Hall Hotel, Maris Lane, Cambridge CB2 9LG.  The buildings and grounds are beautiful, making this a wonderful place to film during your lesson

Our lessons are always one-to-one with one of our expert, fully PFCO-qualified and insured drone pilots.  In an hour, we can help you to be a safe drone pilot.  After two hours, you will come away knowing:

  • The less well known but important features of the DJI Go App
  • What to focus on when you are flying
  • Our unique 4:4:3 methodology for flying safely and enjoyably
  • The ten most common reasons people crash, and how to avoid them
  • How to answer the crucial questions “Can I fly here” and “Should I fly here”
  • And of course, you will have done plenty of hands-on flying

Book a two-hour lesson and bring a friend or family member free of charge 

Flight School – Cambridge

£120 for 1hr, £200 for 2hrs
one-to-one with one of our expert pilots

Fly Like a Pro, Film Like a Pro

We want all of our clients to be able to Fly Like a Pro, and Film Like a Pro. Having a lesson with us is the best start you can make on your drone adventure.  We all know that to learn a foreign language, you are going to need some lessons.  The same is true of drones.  DJI are right when they say that anyone can fly one of their drones straight out of the box.  But we meet very few self-taught drone pilots who fly as well, as safely, or as effectively as we can show you how to.  Whether you are a complete beginner, or a seasoned drone pilot, you will enjoy your flying far more having had a lesson; confident that you have the skills and knowledge you need to fly safely and effectively every time.  That is the crucial first step to getting the most spectacular video and still photos with your drone.  And that is the lasting joy of flying a drone.

Lessons are generally split roughly 50:50 between theory and practical, hands-on flying. This can be adapted to suit your particular interests: whether you are more interested in hands-on flying, or in understanding the DJI Go app, or knowing more about the route to becoming a Commercial Drone Pilot, for example.

During your lesson, you can fly your own drone (we support all DJI and Yuneec drones), or you can fly one of our DJI Phantom 4s.

Note that drones are not waterproof. So we cannot fly in the rain.  If it looks as though it might rain on the date and time of your lesson, we will contact you a few days beforehand to reschedule your lesson.  If we cannot find an alternative date and time to suit you, we will give you a full refund.

Buy a drone worth more than £750 from us, and get a one-hour flying lesson, worth £120, free of charge.

Not sure about buying a drone? Come and fly one of our DJI Phantom4s. If you buy a drone within 30 days of having a lesson with us, we’ll deduct the £120 cost of a one-hour lesson from the price of the drone.

46 reviews for Flight School – Cambridge

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Narinder Mudhar

    Hi Simon,
    First and foremost a big thanks to PFS and Tom especially (and no bias because a fellow biker).
    Fantastic crash course this afternoon and am further encouraged that there are additional courses/trips to develop drone skills. My interest is purely recreational and to potentially tag along on a bike/drone trip with PFS to Pyrenees sounds very exciting.
    I am interested in procuring a Mavic Pro 2 (fly more kit) following discussion with Tom. Could you please confirm price and availability?
    Looking forward to hearing from you and thanks once again to PFS.
    Regards,
    Narinder Mudhar

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mick Newick

    Hi Tom
    Thanks for the lesson today thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt a lot about the aircraft, the DJI Go app and the camera settings.
    In all mission accomplished, I’ve come away with the extra knowledge and tips I needed, a great experience presented in a great setting, and tailored to what I wanted to learn. Thanks again and I may see you if I decide to do my PFCO
    Mick Newick

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Overman

    Spent a fantastic two hours with Tom this Sunday. The lessons was so informative and great fun, the time went in flash. I now have a lot more confidence and understand how to fly better. Still need help with the camera – for another day – once I have mastered all of the techniques Tom showed me. Well worth while and invaluable.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mick Watson (verified owner)

    Thanks Tom for that phone chat and your patience was far beyond the call of duty! It worked perfectly after that!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mick Watson (verified owner)

    As a first time flyer I really enjoyed the lesson and learnt a great deal from Tom. The way he taught without making me feel clumsy left me wanting to do more. Glad I did the 2 hours as time flew past. (pardon the pun)
    Cheers, Mick

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andrew Wallace

    Alan,
    I wanted to thank you and your team for a very interesting and enjoyable lecture and flight training on the Phantom 4 Pro.

    I learnt a lot, particularly in the preset flight modes, which as a model plane flyer I have been reluctant to use at all until now .
    Best Regards
    Andrew

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tim S

    Dear Tom,
    Thank you very much for my flying lesson today; I greatly appreciated how you explained everything so clearly and provided an excellent amount of information in a short space of time. I was really impressed with the flying of the Phantom.
    All in all, a very productive morning.
    Thank you again.
    Best wishes
    Tim

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Peter Galway

    I had a two hour lesson with Tom Jacobs on 29/04/2018 at the Anstey Hall Hotel in Cambridge. This was a very nice venue.
    Tom was very down to earth, friendly and knowledgeable. This is the first time that I have ever flown a Quad and I wasn’t made to feel awkward.
    Also it was nice that I could take a friend to share the experience at no extra cost. I would recommend this experience to new and not so new pilots.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andy B (verified owner)

    Tom, many thanks for an absolutely brilliant two hours of information and drone flying. This was the first time I had ever operated / flown a drone and Tom made it all so simple, the grounds in which we flew are magnificent and everyone was so helpful, so thank you to Anstey Hall too. Would highly recommend both Tom and Phanton Flight School and looking forward to getting my own drone and capturing those perfect pictures.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Charlie (verified owner)

    Hi Tom – thanks for a great lesson flying my new Mavic Air. A very fun, friendly, informative couple of hours and we were able to go straight home and show off our new flying skills to the family. Would thoroughly recommend you. Thank you! Charlie.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mick

    Hi Simon. Thank you to Tom for a great 3 hours of instruction. I am a very experienced instructor and very critical of others. Tom was outstanding with a real flair for teaching people. I had never touched a drone before. He made me feel extremely relaxed and I soon became confident with flying the drone (he did award me top student !!!). I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and would recommend Tom as the instructor for anybody to be paired with.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alan Monro

    Tom – I’m so glad we were finally able to connect. Your knowledge, experience and quality of training made the whole Drone experience thoroughly enjoyable and addictive. I’m almost reluctant to have a go on my own before scheduling another 3 hour session, time and weather permitting.
    Best wishes
    Alan Monro

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Toby G

    Had a really great lesson with Tom Jacobs, in the grounds of Anstey Hall. I found the session very informative, great fun and it was amazing to take control and fly the drone with precision in such as short space of time. A must for anyone who is thinking about a drone.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Bought a Mavic last year, under bed gathering dust. Thought should I do usual bloke thing and attempt to use it.
    So, looked on Internet and booked some advice. Turned up at Anstey Hall night before in readiness; next morning I met Tom. What a decent fella. He to me was a proper instructor who was really good at helping you. After going through certain things it was fly time. These things are amazing and getting advice was certainly the right thing to do. So everything about that morning was right, and more so Tom. Thanks for making something maybe daunting into something not so.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carlos Lemos

    Hi Alan,

    Thank you so much for fitting in this session at such a short notice. It was really helpful to do the 2 hours and to have Tom explain the features, some of which are not obvious at all for a beginner. It was a fairly windy day which made the practice more challenging but all went well and I felt I was under control the whole time (well, it helped knowing that Tom was right there in case of need). I felt confident enough to take the drone out for a spin on my own later on in the day.

    Thank you
    Carlos L
    English Heritage

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Glenn Walsh

    As a novice that is looking into flying commercial (it will take me a long time) I found the 2 hours with Tom extremely informative and useful. I’d used google to gain a little knowledge on the DJI app but this really was only the basic, 2 hours with Tom and I now feel a lot more comfortable working my way through the app and actually getting my drone to heights I’d never dream of taking it. Must watch out for Helicopters!

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kim

    As a complete beginner a two hour session with Tom was an exceptionally enjoyable and informative way to get the knowledge and experience to give me the confidence to take flying to the next level. Thanks Tom, you’re a star!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ian May (verified owner)

    Hi Tom,
    Thank you for the lesson, it was a real eye opener and has certainly given me the confidence to take things to the next level and purchase a drone. Can’t believe how the two hours flew by (pun intended).

    I’ve now placed an order for a DJI Phamtom 4 Pro (Obsidian) from PhantomFlightSchool and can’t wait for it to arrive and take it out on its maiden flight.

    Once I’ve had a few practice runs I will certainly be coming back for more lessons with a view to gaining my PfCO.
    Thanks again.
    Regards
    Ian

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hannah (verified owner)

    A fantastic introduction to filming and piloting a drone with Tom- he’s so helpful and I would thoroughly recommend his patient and thorough teaching. A tremendous confidence boost for a novice and a great way to spend an afternoon.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    William S

    Hi Tom,
    Just like to say thank you once again for a very enjoyable and valuable day yesterday.
    If I do decide to go for the PFCO, I will definitely come to you for the training.
    Best regards,
    Bill

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    steve boyer (verified owner)

    Tom was very good, the 2 hours was plenty at this stage. Theory was worthwhile, if you are competent on handling your drone you should concentrate on more of the applications. Tom is easy to work with

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alan (verified owner)

    Thanks for a great lesson Tom!
    While I’d already flown my Inspire 2 and got to grips with the app, I was aware I’d probably missed some things, as well as getting into some bad habits. Tom talked me through the app, preflight procedures and then some flying, giving pointers to the standard I need to pass the PfCO flight test. I was just far enough outside my comfort zone to see where I need to improve. Two hours was the right amount of time to cover everything I needed. Now follows some properly structured solo practice… Plan the flight then fly the plan!
    All the best, Alan C.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Will P

    Hi Alan, thank you for my training with Tom at Cambridge, the lesson was very informative and worth every penny, so now I am interested in becoming a commercial pilot so I can advertise my services properly. He said there is a course at Maidstone could I please have details and dates, costs etc, Kind Regards Will

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cristian B

    Hi Alan,
    Just a quick one to say how well the course went this morning. I was a slightly nervous pilot but Tom was excellent at getting across the salient points and also enthusing me regarding the potential of flying for my business ( I’m a photographer ). I was also wondering if you were planning on adding any extra UK diary dates for the PfCO course this year?
    Kind regards,
    Cristian B

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    James Smith

    Hi Alan,
    May I place an order with you? How much does the Mavic Fly More Bundle cost?
    I had a marvellous two hours with Tom and he left me in little doubt that a drone is for me!
    Regards,
    James

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Phil B

    Hi

    Another great 2 hours with Tom , and able to fly the inspire and phantom 4 comparatively, a really great exercise , helped by a fresh breeze and perfectly dry day, to put both aircraft through the paces
    And as a result, I am going to go ahead with the purchase of a box fresh phantom 4 pro, and may I deduct the lesson bonus from the retail? I have currently booked four hours with Tom, and probably would prefer the discount rather than the lesson, though I’m not actually sure, Tom is such a pro, !
    Regards and thanks Phil B

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mark Saunders

    What can I say, Tom was a legend. He explained the DJI app and all of the functions in a way I could understand. It was then out for pre-flight checks and away into the blue sky. Thanks for a great couple of hours, a really great experience. I have learned so much, and just need to put it into practice now. A lesson with PhantomFlightSchool is a must for newbies!

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gavin Harper

    I had a great 2 hour lesson with Tom last week in Cambridge.
    Tom was clear, concise, and made everything very easy to understand.
    After going through the DJI app in detail I now feel a lot more comfortable with it than I would have if left to learn it on my own.
    The flying experience was invaluable, and I expect to take some more lessons with Tom in the future…highly recommended 🙂

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alison Sparrow (verified owner)

    Absolutely WELL worth the money!
    I booked a 2hr session with Tom and after a brief going over of the DJI app (which alone was worth its weight in gold) we went outside to fly. He took me through all safety procedures (ceiling height, line of vision etc) and made me feel ‘safe’ and comfortable flying it.
    Don’t waste your time with a 1 hour lesson if you are a newbie(ish) like me as it wont be long enough to go through the app, fly the thing and ask as many questions as your brain can possibly think of.
    Would totally recommend 2 hrs.
    Thank you again Tom and no longer will I be panic-screaming like a little girl when I take Darren (the drone) out flying…!

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Phil B

    Hello,
    I attended a training session with Tom , in Cambridge. We had a super 2 hour session. Albeit I could quite happily have gone on for another 2 and will!!
    I just wanted to register my appreciation, such a pro, lent me his confidence and I was up and thankfully not away!! I have intentions for my ongoing flying and he crafted the lesson to my potential use and as I sit here droneless for the present he has enthused and given me confidence, what more would you ask from a flight trainer and ambassador. Great.
    Kind Regards
    Phil

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tobias Duffin (verified owner)

    Came to Tom an absolute novice and left feeling confident enough to fly solo the very same day! Would recommend a 2 hour session. Great facilities, easy access and, of course, an extremely experienced trainer – top work Tom!

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael curuk (verified owner)

    Very informative and the difference now I have had great tuition is really good. Now enjoying my flying much more .I would recommend a lesson to all flyers.Thanks Tom

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Matthew Allison

    Hi guys,

    Just a quick email to say thank you to Tom and yourselves for an enjoyable 2hr lesson in Cambridge today.

    With Tom’s help I was soon in the sky practicing manoeuvres and filming techniques as well as understanding the relevant laws and rules to ensure safe flying.

    Could you please quote me for a new Phantom 4 Pro along with a couple of extra batteries , carry bag and spare blades.

    Kind regards,
    Matthew

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alan Hanson

    Had a two hour lesson with Tom yesterday and can honestly say it was fantastic. Tom is an excellent teacher and very enthusiastic, can’t wait for my next lesson.
    Highly recommended

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Geoff Duffield

    Can I say what a brilliant teacher Tom is. I think once I’ve had a play, I’ll do my CAA license, and I’ll definitely want to do this with him.
    Geoff D

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Lovell (verified owner)

    Had a really enjoyable 2 hour lesson with Tom. After a short, but interesting, intro to drones and how to use the equipment he let me loose on flying the drone myself. For anyone worried about controlling the drone – don’t be, it is great fun and easy to pick up.

    Tom is a great teacher, very relaxed but he gives you the confidence to fly a drone and experiment with the numerous moves and camera angles. Overall a great 2 hours that passed far too quickly.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Peter Rutt

    I had only booked a 1 hour lesson as I sceptical I could handle a drone, I was wrong, Tom is a brilliant and enthusiastic teacher quickly giving me confidence and I am now hooked! I’m sure I’ll be back once I’ve purchased my drone for more advanced lessons

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bryan Panton

    Two hour session with Tom today intended as a taster for me but ended with an order. I expected to be impressed but was far more impressed than I expected with the whole experience. The quality and professionalism of Tom and the sheer brilliance of the drone.

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gordon Watkins

    I had my two hour flying lesson with Tom this morning and it was a superb experience.
    Tom is a very knowledgeable and capable teacher who gave a very clear description of the equipment and procedures and then with great courage let me loose on his machine.
    Three discharged batteries later I’m totally hooked and can’t wait to get practicing with my own machine – thank you Tom.
    On that basis I would like to purchase a DJI Phantom 4 Pro from you.

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Dakin (verified owner)

    Having booked my 2 hour Flight Training Session some weeks ago, I became somewhat more nervous as the day approached , concerned that in my mid 70’s I wouldn’t have the ” manual dexterity ” or powers of retention to perform as required to fly a drone, in spite of having a PPL for a number of years.

    I need not have worried. Tom Jacobs is a very personable gentleman, who put me completely at ease with his excellent, clear and concise instructing skills. He took me from an introductory tour of the aircraft and controller, the necessary safety procedures, right through the flight procedures and a demonstration of what is required to successfully fly safely .

    My turn to fly the aircraft arrived, and initially I was quite nervous, but Tom put me at ease, and I managed to complete all the tasks he presented me with, to his satisfaction. The 2 hours passed very quickly and was a very pleasurable experience.

    It is my intention to use a drone to add another string to my video production business, and I will clearly need more more training and instruction to meet the rigorous requirements as laid down by the CAA. At the appropriate time I will definitely return to Cambridge to receive further instruction from Tom, and have no hesitation in recommending Tom and PhantomFlightSchool to anybody wishing to venture into aerial camerawork or just to play safely on a nice sunny day !

    • Alan Proto

      John,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. They are much appreciated. We look forward to continuing to help you with your drone adventure in any way we can!
      All the best
      Alan, Tom, and all at PhantomFlightSchool

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    Terence (verified owner)

    Really enjoyed my 2hr lesson with Tom Jacobs at Anstey Hall. Everything I needed to know was explained very clearly and logically, giving me the confidence to buy and fly my own drone. Highly recommended!

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    Owen

    Very informative lesson with Tom. I left with a head filled with knowledge, as well as a confidence and keeness to pursue drone flying as a hobby.

    Highly recommended.

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dave (verified owner)

    Went for a 2 hour training session with Tom. The guy is brilliant, instruction is well structured and clear. Even though I was a bit nervous to start with it gave me the confidence I needed to go away and fly solo. Well worth the investment if you don’t want to crash your aircraft.

    • Alan Proto

      David,
      Thank you for your kind words. Very much appreciated.
      All the best
      Alan

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paul (verified owner)

    I completed a two hour training session with Tom Jacobs at Anstey Hall in Cambridge. Tom was an excellent instructor: clear and concise. He went through safety procedures regarding setting up the aircraft and site location recce. The Phantom 3 was a joy to fly especially with its built in GPS. The controls were straight forward to use and the iPad mini 2 flight screen app was fantastic.

    My two hour session went far too quickly. The integrated flight technology was truly amazing, the drone was rock steady, a superb platform for aerial photography and film making. Highly recommended flight instruction course.

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Piyush

    An absolute must for newbies. Having watched endless you tube videos on flying a drone I took the plunge and met Alan who patiently showed me the correct way to fly a drone. I have never flown one before and must say it us easier than you think.

    Truly recommended! You will be hooked!

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dave Coughlin

    A Happy customer!

    The lesson was a real differentiator, probably making the difference between me crashing my new drone a couple of times, and now having a few safe flights under my belt and an intact drone. I found the sharing of sound procedure, useful tips and pertinent laws interesting, and generally not replicated in the YouTube-style self-help videos. The informal, conversational style let me get what I needed from the session.

    If you really want to protect your investment in your new drone, I can’t recommend Phantom Flight School’s lessons highly enough.

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