Our Story

The School

Cubair Flight Training is a long established, not for profit flying school created with the aim of promoting leisure aviation. We offer courses of training leading to the Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) and the Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence (LAPL) and their associated ratings. We also offer familiarisation/differences training for tail wheel aircraft and for electronic flight instrumentation systems (EFIS). We have a diverse fleet of aircraft suited to different roles to meet specific training requirements. As we are not driven by the need for profit we are able to offer an individual service to our students with time to complete proper pre and post flight briefings and for our instructors to attend to a student's particular needs. We have a dedicated team of instructors many of whom come from an airline or corporate jet background, others are experienced general aviation pilots. One thing that they all have in common is the desire to pass on their knowledge, skills and love of flying to new pilots. We have our own flight and ground examiners and we are a corporate member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Our focus is on quality, not quantity.

How We Work

At Cubair we believe in being totally upfront and realistic about prices. With us what you see is what you get, there are no hidden fuel surcharges or weekend supplements. Many other flying schools will charge you from the moment you start the engine on the aeroplane to when you shut down. We charge only for time that you are airborne plus a nominal 0.2 hours for taxying regardless of how long you are actually on the ground for. With us if you taxy for fuel or are held on the ground by ATC you won't be paying for this time.  Redhill Aerodrome has full Air Traffic Control and all modern facilities but is focused on general aviation. Being held on the ground by Redhill ATC for any length of time is unusual. Unlike other nearby airports priority is not given to commercial jet operators so you get the maximum amount of flying time from your lesson. Redhill is easily accessible from the M25/A25/A23 and close to both Nutfield and Redhill railway stations.

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Our Services

              Pilots Licences

Private Pilots Licences

The Private Pilot's Licence (PPL) is an internationally recognised licence while the Light Aircraft Pilot's Licence (LAPL) is a UK national licence.  

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Instrument rating

The privileges of the PPL may be extended to allow flight by sole reference to instruments and to allow landing and take off in reduced visibility.  

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Night rating

The privileges of the PPL may be extended to allow flight at night.  

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Aerobatic rating

Aerobatic RATING

Training for the Aerobatic Rating covers the aerobatic manoevres required to take part in Beginners class events organised by the British Aerobatic Association.  

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Tail wheel
              differences training

Tail wheel differences training

Pilots converting on to a tail wheel aircraft for the first time are required to complete differences training.  

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              differences training

EFIS differences training

Pilots converting to an Electronic flight Instrumentation System (EFIS) equipped aeroplane for the first time are required to complete differences training  

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              Flying Lessons

Trial Flying Lessons

Trial flying lessons are a good starting point for those considering undertaking a full Private Pilots Licence course. They also make a great gift for birthdays, anniversaries or any special occasion.  

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self-fly aircraft RENTAL

Aircraft rental is available to suitably qualified and experienced pilots. 


Ground school

Comprehensive briefing sessions covering ground examination and practical flying subjects available are in person or online.  

Our Fleet

We operate several types of aeroplane. See which aeroplane type is available for each role for each using the filters below.

Meet the Team


Nikki Taplin

co founder

Daryl Taplin

Co Founder

Ian Holden

Chief Flying Instructor

Laurie Phillipson

Head of Operations

Jan Lievaart

Flying Instructor

Richard Champion

Flying instructor

Mike Ellis

Flying instructor

Jonathan Cunningham

Flying instructor

Eve Makkelie

Operations Manager

Richard Ward

Flying instructor

Lee Matcheswala

Flying instructor

Mo Arain

Flying instructor

Henry Hunter

Flying instructor

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Contact Us

Please call in and see us to discuss your requirements or contact us by telephone or e-mail.

Contact Info


The Old Squash Court,
Redhill Aerodrome,
Kings Mill Lane,
Redhill, Surrey,
RH1 5JY,




01737 822124

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