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

Our Bristol flying lessons take place in the beautiful grounds of the Mercure Hotel, Bristol North The Grange, Old Gloucester Rd, Frampton Cotterell, Bristol BS36 1RP.

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 – Bristol

£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.

20 reviews for Flight School – Bristol

  1. Niall Elmer

    Had a lesson with David, really nice guy and taught me a lot.

  2. Rebecca Noakes

    I just wanted to say a massive thank you to David and Emma for getting me started (and now hooked) on drones.
    From the start my experience of PhantomFlightSchool has been friendly, helpful and professional.
    My lesson today was in much the same vein and David was an absolute legend – I was not very prepared but he dealt with it with patience and kindness. He also went above and beyond working around the weather (and a torrential downpour!) and making sure I got to try my equipment out. I’m more than happy to recommend Phantom Flight School and David Stewart to anyone interested in learning to fly a drone.
    Thanks again Emma and especially David. I look forward to doing the GVC course as the next step.
    All the best,

  3. Adam Jones

    David, I just wanted to say thank you for the lesson today and all the information you gave us. It was worth every penny and very very useful, especially the practical flying.
    Definitely needed to move forward with the ideas I have for my work purposes and even for a hobby as well. Thanks a lot David and all the best.

  4. John Hudson (verified owner)

    Had a great lesson with Rob today. He made it so easy and enjoyable! Now I want a drone!!!

  5. Simon Carter

    Had a 2hr lesson with Rob on photography. He was brilliant. Very knowledgable and a very good teacher. Highly recommend

  6. Colin Grant

    Myself and Daniel (11) were both total beginners flying drones and our 2 hour lesson on Sunday was both very enjoyable and informative and has given us the confidence to venture forth flying by ourselves.

    I can not emphasis highly enough the benefit of spending time training with Alan.

  7. John Young (verified owner)

    Well I can certainly recommend a 2 hour lesson. From opening the box last year and then not touching it till last Sunday I wasted 11 months of absolute joy. If someone is going to buy you a Drone have a Lesson with Alan it will change your enjoyment and make them all wish they had one too Sorry just off out again to fly my drone and make my Grandchildren jealous. John Young

  8. James Brindley (verified owner)

    Thank you Alan for a very enjoyable and informative lesson, I learnt so much in a short space of time. Everything was explained thoroughly and simply which helped me a lot. I hope to gain more knowledge from you in the future. Kind regards James Brindley

  9. Steve Fisher (store manager)

    Thanks for the lesson. We had a great time. Lots of discussion here about getting a drone!
    Best wishes

  10. Simon Martin (store manager)

    Alan, just wanted to say thank you again for the lesson today. I went straight out this afternoon and the difference in photo quality is already really noticeable! All the best for the future and I hope to see you again soon.

  11. Gerry Palmer (store manager)

    The structure of the course was very good and I certainly feel a lot more confident in operating my Drone.
    Many thanks to Rob and the team at Phantom Flight School.
    Gerry Palmer

  12. Robert Beddall (store manager)

    My son-in-law and I had a two hour training session last week with Rob. His explanations throughout were extremely clear. Have now ordered Mavic Pro Platinum. Have been watching many online tutorial videos, but would certainly recommend doing a two hour training lesson.
    Thank you Rob.

  13. Dene Schrimpf

    I had a 2 hour lesson with Rob and it was very good. Relaxed and friendly. I felt my journey from Devon was worth the effort. I came away wanting to learn more which is the sign of a good lesson. The venue was lovely and the weather blessed us on the day. Thoroughly recommended if you want to be a safer pilot in training.

  14. Richard Ganniclifft

    Hi Rob,
    Thank you so much for the training session last Thursday.
    Your explanation and demonstration of the Phantom 4 was just what I needed (as I had never flown before) and your patient approach was much appreciated.
    Now very tempted to buy one – just need to do some sums…

    Thanks again

  15. Ian Conradi (verified owner)

    Very much worthwhile – an excellent two hours which enabled me to decide which DJI drone to buy and gave me confidence to get started. Thank you, Rob

  16. Richard S (store manager)

    Hi Rob
    Great meeting you and thank you for the lesson yesterday, as mentioned it has given me much more confidence in the flight test tasks.
    Your professionalism and explanation was great, very clear instructions and as we saw I started off nervously but with your guidance I gained the confidence I wanted.
    Mission accomplished!
    I am off out to practice with a purpose ATTI mode.
    Look out everyone!
    All the best

  17. Melanie G (store manager)

    Hi Rob,
    Thanks for my lesson it was very informative and hands on. I learned a lot and will definitely practice what I’ve learnt so I can master it.

    As discussed at some point in the future I would like to do my pilot training so I’ll definitely come back to PhantomFlightSchool.


  18. Jon B

    Hi Rob,
    Just wanted to say a big thank you for this morning’s 2 hour lesson on the Phantom 4 Pro.
    Not only was it highly informative and well structured, for a total novice like me, it was also GREAT fun!
    It quickly gave me confidence in handling the drone and meant that the session was just what I wanted.
    Features on the Phantom 4 Pro are impressive and it seems to be the one for me. Just need to do the sums.
    Thanks again

  19. Simon Smedley (store manager)

    Thanks Alan,

    Good to meet you. As you saw I found it hugely inspirational and rewarding. Thanks also for your positive comments. When is the next time you are at Bristol so we can look at the camera and instrumentation please?

    A great day. Thanks.

  20. Phil Williams

    Just to say “Thank You” for the flying lesson and instruction this morning (22nd December 2016).
    All I have to do now is put into practice your advice and tips. I will have to “unlearn” a lot of the gliding knowledge. For example if I had performed a rapid ascent in a club glider the Chief Flying Instructor would have called me a “pole bender” (on the stick) because it would have put undue stress on the launch cable and airframe and probably broken something.
    Also this vertical landing is going to take a bit of getting used to as is the reverse landing (which is quite logical when you are not actually on board ship)
    All very well explained and thanks for your patience.
    I had watched the DJI video tutorials from “unboxing” to “how to fly” online but your bespoke two hour session was just what I needed to get the best out of my Phantom 4.

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