Adventure Sports - Flying Light Aircraft

Light Aircrafting

It is hard to believe that before the death of the Spanish Dictator, Franco the restrictions of flying would never have allowed us the freedom we have today. This not only applies to commercial flights. Over the last decade Andalucia has become popular as an extreme sport destination for flying light aircraft. Whether you already fly, would like to learn or simply want to experience being a passenger over the stunning and many faceted Andalucian seascape or landscape, the opportunities are there to be taken.

Prices vary, but you can expect to pay around 200€ for up to three people in a small aircraft for a piloted flight around some of the most beautiful parts of Andalucia. Imagine the privilege of flying over, pine forests, rivers, the Natural Park of Doñana or the city of Seville in a small aircraft that allows you to take in unique and unforgettable views. Flights of this type will cover ranges from 300 to 1,500 meters high, with flying time of up to one and a half hours.

There are opportunities for flying and learning to fly at clubs and flying schools. The following are listed by the Andalucian General Aviation Authorities:

 

Flying Club/School

Tel (+34)

Airport/Airfield

Almería

Aero Club de Almeria
(Almeria Flying Club)

950 231100

Almeria Airport

Córdoba

FAASA Aviación
Km 4.5, Palma del Rio
Cordoba

957 710460

Sebastian Almargo
Airfield

Jerez

Real Aero Club de Jerez
(Jerez Royal Flying Club)

956 150080

Jerez Airport

Málaga

Aero Club Bahia de Malaga
(Bay of Malaga Flying Club)

952 507 377

Malaga Airport

Vélez-Málaga

Real Aero Club de Malaga
(Malaga Royal Flying Club)

952 514216

Axarquia Leoni Benabu
Airfield

Sevilla

Real Aero Club de Sevilla
(Seville Royal Flying Club)

955 950479

La Juliana

Sevilla

Club Aereo Siete Alas
(Seven Wings Flying Club)

954 272298

Seville Airport

Villamartín

Aviación Deportiva

956 712126

Tomas Fernández

 

(Sporting Aviation)

687 988240

Espada Airfield

 

Aerodynamics (Malaga Airport)

Tel: (+34) 952 041740
24 hour Tel: (+34) 649989411

This pilot and flight crew training school. It offers a formal study plan. They frequently have special training promotions and it is best to contact them direct for further information.

Villamartin Flying Club (Cadiz Province)

A suggestion of an interesting airfield to visit is the one at Villamartin, in the province of Cádiz (see contact details above). It is set beside the site of the old train station and is just 2km from the small town of Villamartin. It is easily reached by road and is set at an altitude of 100 meters (328 ft) above sea level, with a 560m asphalt runway. (Co-ordinates N36o 52.32’ /W 005o 38.93’ - frequency: 122.475 MHz).

The picturesque town of Villamartin, with a population of around 12,500, lives mainly from its land and livestock farming, as well as handcrafts and the service industry. It is right in the heart of the Cadiz mountain range and in the north of the Province and is right on the edge of the Natural Park of Grazalema. At just 55 km from Jerez de la Frontera transport can be arranged for those arriving at Jerez airport.

The old station, which is on the same piece of land as the airfield itself, has been renovated and is now an enchanting hotel in typical Andalucian style. It has been open since May 2002 has; inside cafeteria, bar in the garden and swimming pool. If only one family member is interested in flying, there are plenty of other pursuits on offer – such as horse riding, horse and trap rides, bicycle hire, canoe hire (Bornos reservoir), clay pigeon shooting.

There are other hotels in the vicinity of Villamartin and there are also various camp sites to choose from, the nearest one being 11 km away at Prado del Rey. The others are a little further, but all easy driving distance:

El Bosque, 18 km
los Arcos de la Frontera, 25 km
Zahara de la Sierra, 30 km
Grazalema, 36 km

Medina Sedonia Flying Club (Cadiz Province)

Also in the Province of Cadiz is the Fly-in-Spain, S.L. Flying Club. This is situated near the very beautiful and historic town of Medina Sedonia. Here you can hire light aircraft (and ultralights), hire a light aircraft with pilot or learn to fly light aircraft yourself. They offer accelerated flight training and compact courses. This club also caters for annual check flights.
Tel: (+3) 699775501, (+34)-696967630,
Fax: 0049-89-244313912

Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz Province)

BAE Commercial Pilot Training Courses

In October 1999, one of the most prestigious pilot schools in Europe, the BAE School of Pilots opened at Jerez de la Frontera. This teaching institution moved from Prestwick in Scotland (having operated there since 1987), not only due to the obvious advantages of excellent weather conditions, but also for economic reasons. With lower light aircraft fuel costs compared to the UK and being able to make use of the abandoned military installations now converted into a civilian airport, it is a much more viable proposition. The installations are owned by AENA, who have given a 20 concession (until 2019).

The school has over 100 pupils who have access to 2 simulators and a fleet of 30 light aircraft. Here you can obtain a licence as commercial pilot. Initially the training was exclusively for British Airways pilots, but after the early nineties, this expanded to other airlines including; Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Airtours, Air Lingus, Qantas, South African Express Airways, Air China, Royal Brunei, Emirates, Gulf Air, Kuwait Airways, as well as others. With the numbers of pupils and flights increasing, Jerez Airport has seen increased air traffic and looks like it will continue to increase.

Although the move from Prestwick appears to be for the better, a letter published in Flight International Magazine, reveals some concerns. John Woodward (Channel Islands) writes, “If the training schools wish to give their students perfect flying weather, maybe they should cut out the flying side altogether and only use simulators, issuing an Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence (theory). On the other hand, if British Aerospace could politically persuade the Spanish to allow their students to do circuits at Gibraltar during the Levante wind, they would be well versed in wind-shear, etc.”

Whether you want to watch, be piloted or even plane watch, in Andalucia although the sky’s the limit, it is always best to speak to the professionals. Make sure that you always check out the credentials of any pilot, trainer or flying club before you take a course or go on a flying trip.

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