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

Our Maidstone flying lessons take place at the Mercure Great Danes Hotel, Hollingbourne, Nr Maidstone ME17 1RE.  The hotel is close to Leeds Castle, and two minutes from the M20, with 26 acres of landscaped grounds for us to fly around.  It even has a windsock which is ideal for demonstrating “Point of Interest” in Intelligent Flight Mode

Our lessons are always one-to-one with one of our expert, fully PFCO-qualified and insured drone pilots to give you the best possible drone experience.  After two hours, you will leave 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 or longer lesson and we will instruct additional people at no extra charge.

Flight School – Maidstone, Kent

£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 drones.

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 drones. 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.

57 reviews for Flight School – Maidstone, Kent

  1. darren

    excellent, highly informative….use these guys

  2. Julian Swain

    I have never flown anything before and I wanted another interest as my cycling days are now numbered. I contacted Phantomflights on a bit of a whim only 4 weeks ago. and am now the proud owner of a Mavic 2 drone and after a couple of lessons can actually fly it with considerable confidence. My first contact with the company was Emma Pastor who is a pleasure to talk with and is amazingly efficient in all that she does. She and Simon Smith (instructor) make a great team and everything worked out so well. Simon is a very tolerant guy who instils self belief and never shouted at me even when I made the most awful mistakes. (With his drone!)

    Give it a go as it is a most enjoyable experience.


  3. Tom Walker

    Dear Simon,
    Thanks so much for all of your help and guidance. I really enjoyed the course and feel equipped to begin racking up those hours of flight time!
    Thanks so much!

  4. A Coulson

    I was immediately impressed with the ‘can do’ attitude and skillset of the PFS team, and had no hesitation in asking them for advice regarding the PFCO qualification and drones. With genuine advice regarding the perfect drone for my photography needs, and a range of online courses available, I was quickly introduced to the vital skills, then trained, then tested to my first-time pass. A total of 28 days from the Mavic 2 Pro arriving, to the CAA licence being delivered. Enroute I learned how to be a drone operator, as well as an aerial photographer and videographer. PFS introduced me to skilful professionals with a range of experience and helpful anecdotes of how to do it correctly. As a bonus they even helped me with the complexities of applying for the licence.

  5. Michael W (store manager)

    Had a great two hours with Simon in Kent, despite it being October the weather Gods were smiling on us. The lesson was great and I have a great deal more confidence after the lesson than before and with some good exercises to take away and improve you drone control. Will definitely go back to Phantom Flight and Simon when I do my PfCO licence.

  6. Mike Sharpe (verified owner)

    This is a great venue, convenient for motorway and possessed of its own concrete helipad! Simon is an excellent tutor/trainer and the Mavic Pro kit is capable of some stunning photography. My two-hour session (involving my wife also) was a great lead-in to the regulation changes later in 2019, and further hobby activity with family members.

  7. Alex McIver

    Had a two-hour lesson with Simon today and it was great! He helped me to get over my fears of flying in ATTI mode. Can’t wait for my PfCO course in July!

  8. Kevin Fisher (store manager)

    I would like to put on record, and thank you very much for a great day. Very good input, very enjoyable full of interesting comments, a very enlightening course, both practical and theory, hope to see you soon on the next course. Great Ambassador for the company.
    Kind Regards,
    Kevin Fisher MBE

  9. David Marshall (verified owner)

    My mate and I attended a 2 hour session yesterday and it was money well spent.
    Simon took us through the theory side in the comfort of the hotel, where he explained functions of my drone that I was not conversant with.
    I now feel so much more confident when flying my drone (once I had taken it to its maximum height and distance, SCARY the first time).
    It made me realise I was far too heavy on the joysticks and rather erratic, something I will now address.
    Lots of hints and tips on safe flying were introduced into a take off and landing routine, which I will now use at all times.
    Thoroughly recommend the course.
    Thank you Simon.

  10. Stuart Oborne (verified owner)

    This was the third lesson I have had with Simon, a great teacher also finding that we have many things in common. I have always come away with more confidence than I started with. His do’s and dont’s are a great help especially on the legal side of flying.

    I would like to move on at some stage to perhaps to gain a CAA licence.

  11. John Richardson (store manager)

    Hi Simon. Thank you so much for sending me the lovely pictures! It was great to meet you and thank you so much for the drone lessons, You gave me so much help and good advice it boosted my confidence and I have had a couple of very successful flights with my Spark! Many thanks again. Best wishes, John

  12. Michael Taylor (store manager)

    Thank you Simon Smith. Your tuition and advice combined with your experience and knowledge produced an amazing introduction to professional drone flying. I’m so pleased I chose to have this before buying a drone and would strongly recommend this to any one considering taking up drone flying. I will now be buying my first drone from Phantom Flight School and am planning further training.
    Thanks again, Michael

  13. Richard Germond (store manager)

    Dear Simon
    Thank you for the lesson yesterday which we both very much enjoyed. I certainly feel we now both have the basics and the knowledge and experience to go on and practice building our skills. Will certainly think about a further course with you in the near future and would love to cover photography and video – once we are more fluent with the basics.
    Best wishes

  14. Carly Higglesden (store manager)

    Hi Simon,
    Hope you are well..
    I just wanted to drop you an email and say thank you very much for the lesson you gave Marc on Saturday which he simply thought was fantastic ! From start to finish your passion for the subject shone through and Marc thought the whole three hours gave him a great insight and he felt that he came away with a real hunger to learn more (there goes the bank balance! Ha ha ). Marc’s words were ‘it was the best course he had ever been on, informative, interesting’ and more importantly he came away wanting to know more and I think will be back!! Marc did say that you engage with people so well and make them feel confident and encourage them to do more.
    I think you can see all in all it was a great present and we will be back for more I think! Christmas here I come! Ha ha
    Thanks again for everything ..
    All the best,
    Carly & Marc


    Simon – an outstanding and enjoyable morning being taught by you to fly my new Phantom 4 Pro +…. you have great patience, good tutor, friendly and very knowledgeable. I could not have enjoyed our time more. Am sure to come back once I have put into practice all that you taught me! Thank you Simon, top man. Such an exciting new market for me as I need to do aerials of my charter boats in Croatia. Thank you again

  16. Mike Barlow (store manager)

    Hi Simon
    Just wanted to say a quick thank you for today – a very good insight into how drone technology is far better than I thought it to be – something only obvious with, albeit short, hands-on experience. Working on it!
    Great to meet you thanks again

  17. Will Pryce (store manager)

    Hi Simon,
    Thanks again for your excellent lesson today.
    I feel much more confident (but not over-confident!) in flying.
    I will be back in touch re-professional qualification.
    Thanks again,

  18. Ronnie Kinaadman (verified owner)

    Exactly what I wanted out of a 2 hour flying lesson.

    I recently invested in a drone to add to my photography/film hobby. But the real investment was my 2-hour lesson with Simon from Phantom Flight School.

    The important theory part was just the right amount. Informative and interesting enough to keep my attention even though I was itching to get out and start flying.

    The actual flying part is where I got a real appreciation and respect for the things I learned in the theory session. It’s amazing what drones can do and having someone like Simon by my side, giving little tips and tricks, did wonders for my confidence and steep learning curve. Simon is a very knowledgeable, calm and patient instructor. He always made sure I was in my comfort zone but also made the flying exercises challenging and fun.

    I am confident and comfortable now to keep building on the skills I learned in this great 2-hour lesson. I highly recommend a lesson with Phantom Flight School for any drone owner.

    Thank you Simon!!

  19. Graham Ralls (store manager)

    Hi Simon
    Thank you again for your patience and perseverance in getting my mobile, controller, drone and then the batteries all updated and talking to each other. I knew I had made the right choice to let an expert set it all up for me.
    Thank you so much for setting me off in the correct direction and for the confidence you gave me to get started, so a big thank you to you and Alan.
    Kind regards

  20. Michael Ostlund (store manager)

    Hi Simon
    Many thanks for the link, I’ll have a look tonight when I get home.
    Thank you once again for a fantastic time I’m now really itching to try my drone out but not being too optimistic as to the quality of the photos, might have to invest in a DJI of some sort when the boss lets me!
    Kind regards

  21. Tony Hilton

    Spent a great two hours with Simon which gave me a great excuse to escape watching the royal wedding. I have had bit of experience with my drone so Simon tailored the training to suit my needs and also helped me identify that my DJI App wasn’t working correctly. I uninstalled and reinstalled when I got home and what a different experience it is now. Anyway I wont hesitate to recommend Phantom Flight School

  22. Noemie

    Simon taught us how to fly our Spark. Simon is the best instructor, very patient and knowledgeable, gave us some great tips and made us feel much more confident and comfortable! The session was amazing, really useful and great fun. Would recommend Simon to anyone who is looking for a drone class. Thank you Simon, we loved every minute of it!!

  23. Malcolm Dunderdale (store manager)

    Hi Simon,
    I’ve just reviewed the images and video you took for Andy and I’m blown away with the results, way better than I have ever achieved. Gave me a great lesson in views, perspectives and what is possible. What equipment did you use?
    I could clearly benefit from a day spent with you, we should organise something when I get back.
    Thanks for helping me out on this project, I hope that Andy liked the results as much.

  24. Cliff Purt

    What a great 2 hours, so informative, i felt like a pro when I left. Its always daunting flying drones for the first time, I had a vision of it maybe disappearing into the sunset. But the confidence I gained from this lesson means I know that won’t happen to me.

  25. Phil Say (verified owner)

    Simon knows his stuff. 2 Hours answered most of my basic questions. My Nephew who was being instructed has come away full of enthusiasm and confidence. We will be back to take this further with this very Professional School.

  26. Laetitia

    Simon was the absolutely the BEST!!! I was terrified of flying this Mavic Pro, scared to crash it, scared to fly it, scared of it all. But now, after my 2 hour lesson with Simon, I feel so much more confident and even excited at the idea of flying it!!!
    I cannot wait to have a go on my own. Simon was so informative and really helpful in understanding it all. Very happy! TOTALLY RECOMMEND, Simon’s the best! And he has the best jacket of all time 😉

  27. Ian Ross (store manager)

    A quick note to thank you for the training on Sunday. It’s given us more than enough to feel confident flying the Mavic Air. I might even remember to turn the camera on……
    The footage I got was pretty good even with the windy conditions. We are in Slovenia in a few weeks and hope to get some panoramic shots of the mountains and lakes. I’ll upload anything worth doing. They have a lot of snow at the moment so may actually get some winter scenes too.
    All the best,

  28. Tayo Sonuga

    Simon took me on a 2 hour Instruction on Drone flying today and thanks to his very methodical approach to teaching, I was flying the drone on my own for the first time within the hour. Thanks Simon!

  29. Zoltan and junior pilot Ryan ….. (verified owner)

    I very pleased with Simons help to kick me drone alive . We learned some interesting facts about the drone and legal requirements to fly one . Best spent money we can say . Thx a lot Simon . Thx a lot to PhantomFlightSchool and the other pilots to their work . 😀😀😀

  30. David C (store manager)


    Thanks for a brilliant day of training, the introductory course was very informative, the instructions were clear and concise, and easy to understand.

    Thank you for taking the time to answer all the questions I peppered you with, and every one you met with great answers.
    It was a very enjoyable experience and look forward to taking the full course in the near future.

    Dave C.

  31. Paul W (store manager)

    Many thanks for a very useful two introduction session with Simon Smith. My first time with a proper drone and the training was most informative

  32. Chris King (store manager)

    Many thanks for a very informative, two hour introduction lesson with Simon Smith. There is a lot to cover and I highly recommend the 2 hour session as you cover far more and allows you more flying time, plus use of video camera and photos. Even used the Gesture and other commands. It was good to fly my own drone on the first major outing and I feel far more confident now flying solo, looking forward also to more practice. Simon answered any questions I had and was very knowledgeable.
    Highly recommended and lovely grounds to fly in. (Maidstone Kent)

  33. Kevin Morton

    My lesson yesterday with Simon was excellent. Apart from the feeling of being a small child again and playing with toys, the lesson was very informative and interesting. I learned a great deal about all things drone related and this has boosted my confidence. The practical experience, with a qualified instructor alongside is essential, particularly for the beginner. I cannot recommend Phantom Flight School enough; the whole process has been professional and fun. This is well worth the money – even if the weather is not great!

  34. Karen Peirce (verified owner)

    I had a lesson with Simon today, I enjoyed every minute he is very patient and knowledgeable, I would highly recommend having a lesson with him. I have learnt a lot and feel more confident flying my drone when it is far away and just a dot in sky, I don’t think I will panic anymore. Thank you Simon

  35. Kevan Payne

    I had a lesson with Simon today. He was very informative and thorough. I have come away a lot more confident and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend doing this course.

  36. Alex

    Had a great lesson with Simon today. Boosted my confidence a lot so thank you

  37. Ben (verified owner)

    Had a great lesson with Simon who showed me how to make the most of different flight modes with the Mavic Pro including waypoints and points of interest. Very helpful. Ben R

  38. Amardeep Dadi (verified owner)

    I had my first drone lesson with Simon, and I felt very supported from the start as he explained the regulations about flying a drone. I am very pleased with the service delivered from this school and cannot wait to have another lesson. Amardeep

  39. Andrew S (verified owner)

    Its good that PhantomFlightSchool take time to go over the safe use of the drones. The technology is amazing and good teaching from Simon. Worth going for the 2h lesson to maximise your flying time. Andrew S

  40. Sarah Francis

    My two hour lesson with Simon was totally invaluable in getting me past the first step but I could do with several more I think. Very helpful and positive. Fascinating stuff! Sarah F

  41. Andy Giles

    Excellent 3 hour session with Simon Smith to assist me with the transition to an Inspire. Worth every penny. Andrew G

  42. Tom Fowlie

    Well worth doing the 2 hour session. Thanks!!!

  43. Conal O’Brine

    I have just passed the first step towards getting my PfCO license. Before I took the course I invested in two hours of Phantom Fight School time to go through what would be expected on the flight test part of the course. Money well spent.

    Simon took me through how best to achieve the required standard, giving me some good tips.

    My tip is if you are going to the expense and time to get qualified, get some professional help before attending. Books and self taught experience is not the total answer.



  44. Steve Bannister (verified owner)

    Steve Bannister -5-Feb-17
    Small previous experience self taught with phantom 3 pro. Purchased Mavic, decided it was time for doing this properly. Met Simon for 2 hour lesson. Wow. Blown away. Full tutorial, safety, everything covered. Then some serious flying in very breezy conditions. So glad I did this because I knew nothing until this. Thanks Simon. Great two hours, thank you Simon once again! Can’t wait until next one, Steve

  45. Peter

    A month ago I purchased a cheap drone, it was fun but difficult to fly and I became hooked. The drone was soon destroyed. Speaking to Alan, I explained to him what I was looking to achieve, he explained the course I needed to take. I had my first professional lesson from Simon yesterday. He was an excellent teacher, explaining the necessary pre-flight information before allowing me nearly an hour on his phantom 4. WOW, what an experience, what a drone and a big thanks to Simon for his guidance. I have already sent an email saying I want to purchase a phantom 4 pro, and it goes without saying, I shall be looking for further lessons from these excellent professionals. Again many thanks, an investment worth every penny.

  46. Alan (verified owner)

    Excellent, profesional,well presented and throughly enjoyable, am planning my next visit as soon as possible.

  47. Tad Wolujewicz (verified owner)

    Excellent lesson from Simon, which I booked for my son and his partner, who are videographers. Their specific technical and professional interests were covered very well. The testing foggy and very cold temperatures at the end of December revealed the challenges to drone flying and filming in these conditions. A well managed course and delivered by an experienced professional. Thanks Simon.

  48. Stuart Van Den Bergh

    Phantom Flight School – Highly recommended

    Had my first drone Lesson with Simon Smith on Monday 2nd January, it was invaluable. Simon’s pre-flight safety briefing and setting up of my drone was brilliant. I now have a full and in depth understanding of my machine’s capabilities. Once i have clocked up some flying hours, I will certainly be back for my advanced training.
    Thank you once again,

  49. Roberta Nayee (verified owner)

    Despite the fog me, my husband and two newphews thoroughly enjoyed our 2 hour session with Simon and his fantastic Phantom 4. We all had a number of turns performing various manoeuvres under his expert instructions and have definitely got the bug now !! Thank you for a great time 🙂

  50. Simon

    I had a 2 hour lesson with Simon. I am a novice with a number of helicopter & quadcopter crashes behind me! So I wanted to see if it was me or the equipment I was using. Thanks to Simon’s excellent pre flight briefing and flying lesson together with the Phantom 4 I could see that a majority of the issues were down to “cheap” kit and some down to my limited experience. Suffice to say, after two hours I was confident enough to place an order with PhantomFlightSchool and am now awaiting delivery of my Mavic Pro! The lesson was hugely beneficial and I will go back for more advanced training once I have mastered flying my very own DJI drone. Thanks to everyone at PhantomFlightSchool.

  51. Vijay Backory (verified owner)

    I purchased a drone a few weeks ago, and decided I needed some assistance. Went online and found PhantomFlightSchool. Had a 2 hour lesson and learnt so much from Simon. Learnt loads… excellent service… Many thanks

  52. Paul (verified owner)

    Had a great lesson with Simon, when through all the basics even a little go in ATTI mode.
    We started with a coffee and chat, running through the requirements and Phantom basics and then went flying.
    Simon was pleasant and informative and I came away with additional knowledge.
    Many thanks

  53. Tiziano Zanin (verified owner)

    Definitely worth it. I need to fly a drone in Cameroon to undertake survey work for my company. I was looking for a company that could show me quickly how to fly a drone safely and effectively. I learned in two hrs much more than I would have thought. Simon is very systematic and precise in teaching the important aspects of flying a drone. Definitely recommended.

  54. Jeff (verified owner)

    I recently attended a 2 hour flight school session with Simon. The 1:1 approach and balance between indoor and outdoor training was spot on. With a two hour session there was time to fly to 400 feet take photos and even try sport mode. I am now much more confident about purchasing and flying the Phantom 4.

  55. Rodney Warren

    I wasn’t sure what to expect but was immediately at ease. I have my Flight Examination coming up and Simon has a gentle helpful style that enabled us to cover the basics over a coffee and then out and onto the flying. Moving through GPS mode and into ATTI was an important step and Simon’s guidance enabled me to get to grips with it. I’ve booked additional lessons and am pleased to have such expert tutoring to rely upon.

  56. Andrew Giles

    The lesson is highly recommended particularly when taking delivery of your Phantom 3.
    Alan provided great advice on setting up and then the first flight lesson was well worth having.
    Felt much more confident piloting my first flight with Alan close by.

  57. Andy mayes

    This lesson came with part of the package I purchased, but would of gladly paid for it. The lesson was given by Alan who is the owner and I found it well presented and very friendly, as he brought my purchase with him he took the time to set it up and explained this process which can be rather daunting for a first time user. I can highly recomend taking this lesson.

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