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

Our home in Watford is the Hunton Park Hotel, Watford, which sits in parkland over which we fly.  A really convenient location, close to both the M25 and M1 but in a lovely setting, it is a real privilege to be able to fly here.  Bring a Micro SD card to your lesson, to take your video home with you

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.  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 – Watford

£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.

18 reviews for Flight School – Watford

  1. vanessa white (verified owner)

    I had a great flying lesson with Tony Jackson. Tony is highly skilled in his field and has extensive knowledge of drone operating and all the very important safety aspects.
    I learned more in 1 lesson that I did in flying solo for 2-3 months. I highly recommend Phanton Flight School. Vanessa White, Emotive Photography

  2. Kevin Allen

    Had a 2 hour lesson with Tony Jackson (Watford). The whole experience with PFS has been exceptional. Lessons are a must for any new drone operator – I certainly managed to assimilate so much knowledge, both theory and practical. Cannot recommend PFS too highly.

  3. Derek Simpson

    What can I say … totally impressed with your excellent Tony Jackson.
    Having never flown a drone before EVER. I feel confident to take off safely and legally and return undamaged to a satisfactory landing.
    Top class

  4. Mark Bishop (verified owner)

    1st lesson with Tony Jackson – really went well I felt confident and picked up a lot of info and took a lot of advice on board from a real pro / I really enjoyed my time flying – lessons are a must / will book soon again next lesson –
    Thank you for the info and support
    Super organisation good communication and follow up.

  5. Malcolm Jenkins (store manager)

    Two Hour Lesson with Friend – 23rd October. Highly professional and precise.
    All the documentation was ready on our arrival along with a Mavic drone. Tony Jackson took us through all the key points and the basic functionality of the drone in a very well ordered and precise manner.
    The test flight was equally professionally managed and enjoyable. Safety and respecting good practice was continually instilled in us. At the end, we were given a recap and a review of our overall performance.
    Excellent session. Will be recommending to other interested friends.
    Malcolm Jenkins

  6. Steve

    enjoyed the 2 hour session with Tony, feel more confident with the theory and practical side. learnt a lot, but still much more to learn.

  7. Karishma (verified owner)

    So grateful for Tony taking the time to show me all the basics for flying my Spark drone! I’d only got as far as lifting it slightly off the ground before realising I needed some professional help to gain the confidence to fly!

    I found Phantom easily on Google and the Watford location was perfect. I learned so much in the theory section which Tony tailored to the fact I wanted to fly abroad on holiday.

    I felt so much calmer during the practical part with Tony there ready to takeover if anything started to go wrong! If you’re considering a lesson I would say go for it, great value for money!

  8. Tracey (verified owner)

    I had my first 2 hour lesson with Tony in Watford and it opened my eyes to how much there is to learn and what is involved! He is a great teacher, made it clear what I needed to do, putting safety at the forefront, which has put me in good stead to carry on as a responsible Drone Operator. Really glad I had the lesson.

  9. John Edwards (store manager)

    ‘ Initial Training is Key to Success. ‘

    Tony was an excellent instructor. Having had the lesson my confidence to go out and fly my Mavic 2 Pro was sky high (pardon the pun). I resisted the urge to fly my drone until I had received the initial training and I am so glad that I did. I now feel able to fly it safely and am able to build up my knowledge. Tony was even at the end of the phone when I needed a couple of tips with my first solo flight.

    Thank you PhantomFlightSchool
    John E

  10. Simon B (store manager)

    Alan – thanks very much for organising today’s session.
    Tony – an excellent morning. I really enjoyed it.
    I’ll be in touch in the new year, either with a purchase request, or a suggestion of a discussion exploring how we could work together, or both!
    Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

  11. Danny O’Callaghan (store manager)

    Had a lesson with Darren Spinks at Oxford yesterday, opened my eyes when it comes to drones it was fun very educational and exciting Darren is a great teacher going over all the points in a well presented manner would recommend all who have not been on a lesson to go thanks again Darren for all your help.

  12. Neil Grady (store manager)

    Dear Simon,
    Thank you for sending the Drone through quickly. Please pass on my thanks to Darren for the lesson and invaluable advice.
    It arrived Friday and I opened it around 6pm and I spent the evening watching You-Tube videos – which were very helpful for Sat. morning. I hadn’t expected all the wi-fi/drone registration procedures and Up-dates to take quite so long, but the drone was air-born by lunchtime! I have a call booked for Tuesday with my insurance broker.
    Neil G

  13. Simon Hastings (store manager)

    Simon H – 6th Jan 2018.

    An excellent couple of hours: enjoyable, informative, encouraging and in wonderful surroundings. Tips, advice and guidance in abundance, all tailored to my needs. A few hours practicing what I learned yesterday and digesting the materials I received and I’ll be booking another session.

    Many thanks to my tutor, Darren, looking forward to working with you again.

    Kind regards

  14. Shirley Vacher (store manager)

    Dear Darren,
    Thank you so much for your time and expertise today, we both really enjoyed our time with you, and are both now hooked on drones. You gave Pete so much confidence and knowledge which will stand him in good stead for the future. Once again many thanks,
    Shirley V

  15. Simon Hunter

    Many thanks for the excellent tuition and tips on flying the Inspire. I would certainly recommend your services and look forward to further tuition in the course of achieving my drone pilots licence. Thanks again!

  16. David Evans

    Spent a fantastic hour with Alan today in perfect settings for a novice to gain valuable knowledge in how and when to fly a drone as safely as possible. He covered everything from legislation and regulations, Do’s & Dont’s, Equipment & Pre-flight checklists. Well worth the time and expense. Thank you Alan

  17. David Hanks

    Alan, faced with a senior novice aspiring to become a safe pilot, introduced me to my Phantom 3 Pro and my first flight.

    The instruction was just what I needed, giving me the confidence to continue alone, building upon the sound platform of this training session and obtaining good photographic results.

    Alan also assisted me with what I found to be an even greater challenge – the well documented and less than straightforward firmware update for which I thank him profusely.

    I have no hesitation in recommending Phantom Flight School to anyone seeking professional tuition.

  18. Mr Russell

    Fantastic flight practice and advice provided.

    In terms of flying this really was fantastic providing great tips for both the first time flyer and the more seasoned drone pilot.

    Other advice was not only for the legal aspects of flying drones but helped consider the safety of flying the drone for both the well being of the pilot and for those within close proximity to the device.

    Overall would 100% recommend.

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