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.  The hotel has 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.  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 – Maidstone, Kent

5 out of 5 based on 20 customer ratings
(20 customer reviews)

£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.

20 reviews for Flight School – Maidstone, Kent

  1. 5 out of 5

    (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

  2. 5 out of 5

    (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

  3. 5 out of 5


    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

  4. 5 out of 5


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

  5. 5 out of 5


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

  6. 5 out of 5


    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.



  7. 5 out of 5

    (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

  8. 5 out of 5


    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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

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

  10. 5 out of 5

    (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.

  11. 5 out of 5


    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,

  12. 5 out of 5

    (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 🙂

  13. 5 out of 5


    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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    (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

  15. 5 out of 5

    (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

  16. 5 out of 5

    (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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    (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.

  18. 5 out of 5


    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.

  19. 5 out of 5


    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.

  20. 5 out of 5


    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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