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

Our Chester flying lessons take place overlooking fields, a lake, and some beautiful stands of trees belonging to the Duke of Westminster.  Lessons begin at our Head Office at: The Regus Business Centre, Herons Way, Chester CH4 9QR.  The Regus Business Centre is second on the left after Tetrapak.  But please call to book an appointment before visiting, as the offices are not always manned when we are giving flying lessons

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 – Chester

£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.

32 reviews for Flight School – Chester

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nigel B (verified owner)

    Hi Alan,
    Really enjoyed the course a few weeks ago and hope fully my flying has improved a lot – definitely most of the fligts are now flying forward instead of every which way!
    I went to take some shots of Caernarfon marina today and as taught, I first checked the wifi interference, which came up with lots of red bars, so I never took off there and went to Felinheli instead. Without going on your course I would never have done that check and could well have lost the drone, so many thanks!
    Still scope for a lot of improvement, but hopefully getting a bit better as time goes on
    Kind regards
    Nigel B

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alex Makepeace (verified owner)

    Hi Alan!

    Thank you very much for the fantastic 2hr lesson on the 7th October. It gave me a completely different perspective on how to use the DJI Go 4 app to improve my photography, as well as the on point advice which you provided for general flying!

    Will keep in touch and definitely recommend to others.

    Best regards,


  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jane Farley

    Alan and Phantom Flight School go above and beyond. They gave me specific training to prep for my first commercial shoot on a Short Film with a drone. It enabled me to approach the shoot with confidence and know how. Brilliant.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Martyn C

    Hi there! Thank you so much for the confidence-inspiring lesson! I surprised myself in wanting to fly the remaining battery solo after the lesson was done, but I felt with the beautiful scenery and sunset I’d kick myself if I’d missed it!
    Will definitely be looking at taking things, as you say, to the next level regarding qualifications. I’ll defo get out and do some more flying first, and then peruse your website!
    All the best, and thanks again

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jason McCormack

    Hi Alan,
    Thanks very much for this morning, a lot to take in but I’m up for the challenge 🙂
    As mentioned on the lesson it was amazing just to see my drone airborne and staying up there without touching the controller.
    Thanks for the literature pack and pre/post flight checklist. I’ll be sure to use that.
    Thanks again Alan

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rob Wilde (verified owner)

    Hi Alan,

    Just a quick line to say how much we enjoyed our 2hr lesson on Saturday 5th May.

    It was great to learn all about drone flying. You answered all our demanding questions with ease and it was good to draw out your experiences.

    The flight itself was fantastic and we were very lucky with the weather – perfect.

    A great experience for anyone interested in learning from the experts – what are you waiting for!!

    Thanks again

    Rob Wilde

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bob M (verified owner)

    Dear Alan,
    I wanted to send a thank you note for the lesson I took with you yesterday (Thursday 19/04/2018).

    Firstly, I wanted to send my thanks to your colleague, Simon Smith, who I spoke to several weeks ago. He kindly spent 15 or so minutes on the phone. He very patiently answered my questions regarding your company and about the DJI Mavic Air. Following my purchase of the drone, Simon kept me updated on the delivery schedule and my preferred delivery date. A very smooth process, efficiently handled!

    Regarding the three hours I spent with you yesterday I can, hand on heart say that I was in the hands of a consummate professional. The time flew by (pun definitely intended). The first classroom hour gave me a lot of knowledge around drone safety and legal aspects of drone flying. That I was able to ask numerous questions which were answered from an obvious great depth of knowledge was a real confidence boost, having lost a drone due to my lack of experience last year.
    The subsequent two hours flying were a real treat. I was a little anxious at first as the Mavic Air costs a lot of money, but your patient, cool instruction soon had me flying with increasing confidence. The Mavic Air’s ability to hover with no pilot input and your explanation that using this when a pilot becomes anxious is invaluable in developing confidence in the drone.
    The confidence to send the Air to its altitude and horizontal limits to ensure flying in ‘clear blue sky’ makes a lot of sense and again helped lessen my fears. I know you felt it was amusing that I actually applauded the Air when I used the return home function and it landed perfectly. I was blown away with the incredible quality of the intelligent features built into the Air.
    This feeling was made even more apparent when you began demonstrating the intelligent flight modes. As you said it will be worth me rummaging up to my arm-pits in these modes to enhance my enjoyment of flying the Air and improving my photography and videography.
    In summary I had a fantastic three hours and consider it money extremely well spent and would very heartily advise and recommend it to any new drone pilots.

    Thank you again for all your help and guidance,

    Bob M

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tony Haworth

    Hi Alan
    Thanks for the lesson today have learnt a lot of new things, very enjoyable despite the cold. My confidence with flying has boomed and I look forward to leaving my comfort zone.
    All the best
    Tony H

  9. Rated 5 out of 5


    Having decided to invest in a ‘proper’ drone and researched the internet I decided to buy through PHANTOMFLIGHTSCHOOL as it’s definitely an expensive venture! I’m really glad I did, Alan has given me loads of support already and the 2 hour lesson I had really helped to give me confidence to get out there and put my drone to the test. Really looking forward to getting my PFCO with PFS later in the year. Thank you.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ashley H

    Hello to you Alan
    Following on from yesterday I firstly wanted to say thank you for the lesson, it was an incredible experience. And secondly what you recommend as the next step for me to take with regards to obtaining my licences for commercial flying?
    All the very best
    Sent from my iPhone

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Roy S

    Hi Alan,
    Thanks so much for today, it broke down a lot of barriers in respect to flying the drone.
    It was certainly the best way to achieve my personal goals.
    I will look at the courses later today and get back to you in a few days in respect to the which Course I will do, probably March.
    Many thanks again
    Best regards

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Julie K (verified owner)

    Hi Alan
    I must thank you for a brilliant lesson on Monday the lesson was well structured and very informative. You told me lots of things I had no idea about. It’s quite mind blowing what these drones can do.
    Thanks again
    Best wishes
    Julie K

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Max E (verified owner)

    Hi Alan,
    Thank you for today. I really enjoyed its and found it very interesting and informative.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Roger E

    Thanks you Alan! It was such a pleasure meeting you and very enjoyable and instructive 2 hrs . I do hope that once I have mastered the Mavic that I might try one of your holidays next year. Many thanks again!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve G (verified owner)

    Hello Alan.
    I’d just like to say I had a really cracking time with you yesterday. The course itself was well structured and informative it was also delivered well by yourself. So a big thumbs up, cheers Steve G (Warrington)

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Julian R

    You may recall that I bought a Phantom 4 from you last September and that you gave me an excellent lesson.
    I thought to give you some positive feedback as I have been so pleased with my purchase and the support you gave.
    I have used it a lot in my photographic survey of archaeological sites that I do as a volunteer with Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust. So far I am only scratching the surface of what is possible but have put some images of my work on my new website which may interest you:
    My best wishes for the success of your business,
    Julian Ravest

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Phill Preece

    Hi Alan,
    Thank you for lesson today, which I really enjoyed and found to be very informative and professionally put together.
    Could you please reserve a place for me on your September PfCO course, for which I will transfer deposit early in the week. However, if you have a cancellation prior to this, perhaps you could keep me in mind.
    I’ll call you early in the week to discuss purchasing a Phantom.
    Thanks again for your help.
    Regards, Phill

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve Bolton (verified owner)

    Hi Alan,
    It was great to meet you yesterday and thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable couple of hours, which massively enhanced my knowledge, capability and confidence.

    I’ll let you know when I have my flight assessment date, and share with you any information to check whether there’s any further practice I would benefit from, thank you for offering to help steer me through, look forward to speaking soon,
    Best regards,

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brian Wyld

    Hi Alan.
    Thanks for today, really useful to help keep things safe and flying better.
    Very interesting about where you can fly, opens up a lot more interesting places that I thought were no go areas.
    Cheers, Brian

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Peter Hughes

    Hi Alan

    Thanks very much for the great lesson today, Neil and I found it very informative and enjoyable.

    Many thanks, Peter

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Tudor

    Hi Alan

    Just wanted to say thank you for a very enjoyable training session yesterday. You presented the information in a very understandable way and I feel a lot more confident with the drone now.

    Could you also send me details of the PfCO course and dates please.

    Thanks, David

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chris W

    Hi Alan, Thanks for the lesson this morning, that was great, I’ll be grinning like a fool for the rest of the day! Thanks again – Chris

    Chris W
    Director of Photography & Digital Media

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Reg Conway (verified owner)

    I would just like to say many thanks to Alan for my two hour lesson on Saturday. It was a real insight into drone flying and gave me thoughts on what I want to do regarding my flying.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5


    Excellent service by Alan Proto,I was struggling even to get my phantom 3 to fly,didn’t have a clue but Alan made things very clear and easy to understand.i would recommend contacting him to anyone who has a quadcopter,very professional,now I can fly in happiness.thanks Alan.

  25. Alan Proto (verified owner)

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  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carl Uttley

    I’ve been flying fixed wing-aircraft and my DJI Phantom 1 quadcopter as a hobby for around 2 years. As a web designer, photography and videography are services I offer to all of my clients and I was keen to add aerial photography and videography too. With this in mind I researched what was required to fly a UAV commercially and came across PhantomFlightSchool.

    I was keen to buy a professional platform that would suit my requirements and decided on the DJI Inspire 1 V2.0. I gave PhantomFlightSchool a call to see if they had one in stock and from the moment I spoke to Alan I knew I had made the right choice. The advice he gave me regarding PfAW certification and where to obtain it was invaluable. I booked a flying lesson for Saturday 27th August (2016).

    Alan’s background in education serves him well, both parts of the lesson (theory and practical) were excellent. Even though I have experience in flying, I’d never piloted an Inspire before so the additional instruction regarding the DJI app, the UAVs characteristics, legislation and safety were interesting, informative and enjoyable. Alan’s training style is fantastic and I had 100% confidence in everything we covered. The weather was perfect and my maiden flight could not have gone better.

    I would certainly recommend PhantomFlightSchool to anyone who is interested in purchasing a new drone or upgrading an existing one, regardless of whether it’s just as a hobbyist or a commercial pilot.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    David (verified owner)

    I attended the flight course with Alan Proto in Chester, today, 9th August 2016. The session was excellent, with clear instructions and objectives. There was no ambiguity or indistinct direction . Every question was answered with clarity and obvious experience. Alan is personable and his teaching style easily agreeable. He has a natural flair for clear explanation. I would fully endorse this course and further say that it is essential for a quality beginning to a successful drone experience. I hope to move on to much better flying because of the thoroughness of this course.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Robin Malster (verified owner)

    Thank you again for your help and advice and making me excited about owning a Drone again 🙂 The difference between going to a Hobby shop and bringing the box home and then sitting there baffled by the poorly interpreted instructions and purchasing a drone from you with all your help and backup is like the difference between Night and Day .

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    chris hillidge

    I was buying the drone for my school, Beamont Collegiate Academy in Warrington so I needed teaching the basics before I could go and practice to become more proficient. Alan gave very clear instructions and made each step simple to understand. I ran a basic flight school for our students today and they loved it! The check list was really useful too. Would definitely recommend. We will be back to add to the schools fleet soon!

  30. Rated 5 out of 5


    I have just completed my first lesson and it has helped gain the confidence I needed to be able to enjoy flying my Phantom. After one lesson I was able to take off, fly safely and land without any bumps, considering that my only other experience with drone flying was crashing my beginner drone into a tree and struggling to even hold a hoover.

    I can highly recommend having a lesson with Alan he has a very good teaching style that puts you at ease and teaches you what you need to know to be able to enjoy the highly addictive hobby of drone flying.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5


    This was my first experience with a drone or any other remote controlled flying object.

    My introduction to a fantastic bit of kit was conducted in a very professional yet relaxed manner, Alan was so informative in the easy to understand lesson, setting up the drone as he talked his way through it all, he made it so easy to understand ( even for me ).

    Then the exciting bit we went outside and after showing me the start up procedure Alan handed over the controls to me, wow what a buzz.

    I know you can get this kit from other places on the net but you wont get anything like the information that you will get with the 1 hour lesson from Alan & Phantom flight school Chester.

    I cannot reccomend this company highly enough.

    I as a novice went straight home charged my batteries up and armed with the information and confidence that Alan gave me off I went on my first solo adventure into aerial photography, I am pleased to say it was a great success.

    Still got lots to learn which is comforting to know that I can improve my knowledge and skill at a further lesson if required, its not a case of buy it and then your on your own.

    Thanks Alan it was a pleasure.


  32. Rated 5 out of 5


    My first ever drone, so naturally I’d never flown one either. I wasd rawn like a moth to a flame to the PahntomFlightSchool’s generous offer of free flight training with my purchase and so I gulped, and bought and arrange to collect my Inspire 1 from Chester.

    My instructor was Alan Proto who settled me down with a cup of tea and off we went into all of the information about the Inspire and the app and the controller. I confess that I had looked at hours of YouTube videos but it wasn’t quite the same as seeing your own brand new drone sitting there waiting for the first flight.

    The lesson was excellent and the brief flights that the weather was kind enough to allow ‘inspired’ me with confidence. The comprehensive check lists were great essentials which added to my knowledge base. All in all I can highly recommend the Flight School.

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