Formation Training


Become a better Pilot!

All through your flying career so far, you've been taught how to keep away and avoid other aircraft.

And yet, at air shows, you see teams of aircraft all in very close formation with each other and flying as a single "big ship".

If those pilots doing the formation make it look easy - it's because they're very good at it!

But even those pilots had to start learning their art somewhere... and so can you.

Formation flying is a disciplined skill that takes effort, concentration, anticipation and excellent piloting ability; not to mention complete trust in other pilots within your formation!

As formation rated display pilots ourselves you will have no-one better to teach you this deceptively easy looking aspect of flying than us! We have enough instructors for a two or three ship formation sortie and all instructors are also display pilots.

It goes without saying that we need more than one person to do this course! Whilst we do occasionally run a "Formation Training Day" at our local locations, we are also able to run those formation days using your own aircraft at your local airfield.

Various options are available. It may be that your club or other group members are interested in experiencing this type of flying. Or, it may be that yourself and a colleague in two aircraft want to learn and progress more swiftly by booking us for the whole day to yourselves.

Either way, we are happy to come to you if necessary, or, contact us if you'd like to be kept informed of any courses we are running local to us!

See below for further information.


The Syllabus

We can accomodatme different leveles of formation training within a single sortie depending on your previous formation expererience. Hence the syllabus below covers our full formation course - but don't expect to achieve all of this in a single formation session!

  • Long Briefing
    • Introduction
    • Terms
    • Normal Procedures
    • Emergency Procedures
    • Planning
  • Basic Formation
    • Joining
    • Slip Stream Experience
    • Echelon
    • Changing Sides
    • Line Astern
    • Leaving
    • Leading
  • Intermediate Formation
    • Climbing
    • Descending
    • Turning (up to 30 degree bank)
    • Tail Chase
    • Running Breaks
  • Advanced Formation
    • Line Abreast
    • Closer!
    • Advanced Turning
    • Formation Take-Off
    • Formation Landing


Remember that you are being instructed by an instructor with an enviable reputation for delivering results to you. Our personal objective is to make sure you land with a smile on your face. If you don’t – we haven’t done our job properly.

There are three options for our instructional charges; £50 per hour, £150 per half-day, or £250 per full day.

If you want us to come to you, just add our travelling and accommodation (at cost).

The aircraft costs are extra; you can use your own aircraft, hire from a training organisation local to you, or hire from a training organisation local to us.


Where can I do this course?

We are more than happy to come to you wherever you are! However, we normally operate in Essex, with relatively easy access to the airfields in the area. We teach (and examine) regularly (either as part of a club or freelance) at Earls Colne, Andrewsfield, North Weald, Duxford, Crowfield and Cambridge. There are numerous smaller airfields available such as Elmsett, Clacton, Rougham and Great Oakley within easy reach. Southend and Stapleford are also possible.


Which Aircraft can I use?

You can use your own or syndicate aircraft, which in some ways, is better since you'll become really familiar with it as part of the course!

If you belong to a flying club already, most organisations are happy for us to instruct in their aircraft if that’s an option you’d like to pursue.

If you need to hire an aircraft locally to us, we have access to a variety of aircraft types and training organisations. Please feel free to contact us for more detailed information.

If necessary we are happy to teach formation on non-matching aircraft - please contact us with information so we can make a plan!