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

Our new flying site on the outskirts of Bournemouth has been added to reflect the multitude of opportunities for aerial imaging along the South coast. Your lesson will commence inside the delightful Barley Mow Inn, Wimborne, with a good grounding in the theory and legal aspects of drones before heading outside for a hands-on flying session, starting manually and then progressing to explore some of DJI’s “Intelligent Flight Modes”.

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 – Bournemouth

£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? 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.

10 reviews for Flight School – Bournemouth

  1. Andrew Prynne

    I received a two hour flying lesson from Simon at your Bournemouth Flight School earlier this week and took my 20 year old son along for the ride. This was our first time flying a drone and have got to say that we were both blown away by the experience. Simon is a really friendly chap, very knowledgable and an excellent teacher – really important characteristics when balancing the exhilaration of exploring the features of such technically sophisticated drones and the serious subject of safety for us, members of the public, property, the environment and the drone itself. We had time to cover the theoretical side of flying a drone and then learned the practical basics of flight control out in the fields before exploring the extensive range of advanced features that the drones are capable of. We came away from the day with a great respect for the drones and the confidence to start flying our own – all we have to do now is purchase one…. Thank you Simon, a great day.

  2. Steve Guy

    Just got back from an excellent lesson with Simon Read. As a complete beginner his friendly style was very welcome.
    I didn’t realise how much I would learn from the lesson and am now quite confident that I will be safe and in full control when I fly my drone.
    It is not just flying but also the theory behind it that was really useful.
    I look forward to trying out all the features very soon – my batteries are on charge as I type.

    Thanks Simon,

    Steve Guy, Team Rubicon

  3. Richard Merritt (verified owner)

    I had a 2 hour lesson with Simon Read at the Barley Mow pub near Wimborne, and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Simon is very knowledgeable and has a relaxed, easy going character that made learning effective and enjoyable. I came away with much more confidence in flying my drone and would not hesitate to recommend Simon and PFS to anyone interested in getting the most out of their drone – safely!

  4. Paul (verified owner)

    Thanks to Simon for an informative day. A good location for the theory and practical elements at an easy pace. A good wee package to take away with you for future use. I have put to use what was covered and gradually getting to know my drone, looking forward to using all the filming and photo capabilities in lots of new areas. Thanks for letting me loose Simon and giving me my wings ;-). Recommend PFS to anyone who is interested in this activity/experience.


  5. Phil F

    From the moment you arrive you immediately feel at ease.

    Simon went through industry best practice from setup, checklist, take off, flight and landing together with some really helpful tips and advice.

    If you’re new to drones or have experience you’ll always learn from Simon and have some laughs along the way.

    I could not recommend Phantom Flight School and my instructor Simon enough.

  6. Kevin

    What a great experience! Simon was an excellent instructor, taking my session at a pace which was easy to follow and I would recommend him to anyone. Thanks Simon for an excellent time.

  7. markpayne470 (verified owner)

    A Great experience. Simon was a great instructor and taught me a great deal during the lesson which I have already put to good use. It has given me a new perspective when flying my drone and has made the whole experience much more enjoyable.
    I would highly recommend Phantom Flight School .
    Mark P

  8. Richard Raggett (store manager)

    Had the best time ever today. I’ve been waiting ages to fly my drone! Simon was a excellent teacher and i feel able to fly solo now. I would recommend everybody to your company
    Happy flying, Rick

  9. Terry A (store manager)

    Amazing Experience. A wonderfully professional company from booking to completion of lesson. Simon my instructor was fantastic, taking me effortlessly through the theory, safety considerations and set up procedure of my own Drone. Setting up Home point, compass calibration, take off, manoeuvring and landing all followed seamlessly. A great experience with a great instructor giving me invaluable tips to go forward with which I have no doubt will enhance my enjoyment of flying my Drone. I would 100% recommend Phantom Flight School.
    Terry A

  10. Stephen Cadman (store manager)

    Hi Simon,
    I’d just like to say thanks for a great day yesterday. I really enjoyed myself and thanks too to Simon for his tuition. I don’t think I disgraced my self, neither did I crash.
    Forgot to say I did trim the grass, though!

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