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

Right in the heart of Herriot country our Askrigg flying lessons take place with renowned photographer Paul Barker in his charming home, Askrigg Chapel, Askrigg, Wensleydale DL8 3HZ. Step out of Paul’s studio/classroom and you are instantly surrounded by glorious scenery!

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 – Askrigg

£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.

5 reviews for Flight School – Askrigg

  1. Tony Grylls

    I don’t currently own a drone. The 2 hour lesson with Paul Barker yesterday was bought as a Christmas present. What a fabulous experience. It was an excellent introduction into all you need to know as a beginner. Paul’s relaxed approach was just right. Correct amount of technical info on the drone, its software and legislation. Lots of hands on flying, very immersive and has left me wanting more.

  2. Graham Moore

    Had a 2 hour lesson with Paul Barker at Askrigg. Paul’s a great instructor and we managed to cover quite a lot in the lesson. It gave me much more confidence in flying in preparation for when I start flying my own drone. Money well spent! My wife enjoyed the day out too as she’s going to be my ‘spotter’.

  3. Dennis Herbert

    I thought I should contact you following the few days I spent with Paul Barker in Askrigg on the Yorkshire Dales Masterclass.

    We were very lucky with the weather since despite it raining intermittently we were able to get out on the first & second days & I managed to fly 4 batteries on each day. the third day presented us with rain all day so we went through the process of video editing & I managed to produce two 2-3 minute videos made from the footage I had taken during the first two days. All this was put to sound. Fantastic.

    On the final day we achieved my last goal – using Drone Deploy to do some 3D mapping. We did a roof survey of a warehouse nearby & processed the images using Maps Made Easy.

    I have to say that with the help & guidance of Paul I achieved all that I wanted to achieve from the sessions. My confidence in flying & knowledge of the processes involved in getting footage suitable for making short videos has increased tremendously. All in all it was a very worthwhile time spent with Paul.

    Best wishes,

  4. Tony Clark (verified owner)

    Spending this time with Paul was fantastic for both me and my 13 year old lad. He was very relaxed and inspired confidence in us both.
    Before we knew it things were feeling very straightforward and Charlie was in control and enjoying himself.
    It doesn’t matter how old you are or your experience with drones, Paul will help you no end. Thank you!

  5. John Hilton (store manager)

    Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the drone lesson with Paul today over in Askrigg. It was a beautiful day, fabulous setting and Paul is a really great tutor!
    I learned an awful lot about drones, drone law and got some really good hands on flying time so all in all a great result thanks to the professionalism of the Phantom Flight School.

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