Bucks visit to Brighton City Airport

We had a very busy day Wednesday this week with a visit from students of Bucks University. We were privileged to welcome 30 students to the airport and FTA, one of our pilot training schools based here. The students are all interested in pursuing a career as a commercial pilot.

The day started with a presentation in our Grade II listed Terminal building. The students were then introduced to Operations Supervisor, Dan and FTA graduate Nidal who took them on a tour of the campus and onsite amenities. 

Visits from Bucks University are an annual affair and they are an ideal follow up to the open day the University hosts each year, inviting ATOs from around the country to present to students on their aviation degree programmes. The number of students visiting from the university grows year on year which seems to indicate a growing interest in aviation across the UK.

Operations Supervisor, Dan stated that “the day was a great success and I am so pleased to see the growing number of interest from students who would like to get their pilot’s commercial license. Some have never been to Brighton City Airport before and said it was a lovely day out”.






The visit was a great success and we enjoyed it as much as they did. For more information regarding Bucks and their courses, check our their Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training.


Celebrating International Women’s Day with an interview with Dorothy Saul-Pooley

We took some time out to get to know Dorothy Saul-Pooley a little better. A successful businesswoman and pilot, Dorothy took her first role here 18 years ago. She now delivers instructor and examiner training at her main base at Brighton City Airport and has satellite bases in Redhill and Lee on Solent.

A truly remarkable woman, she started out her career as a lawyer, specialising in intellectual property law, before moving into the aviation industry.

Dorothy Saul-Pooley

Why learn to fly

It was a chance meeting that led to Dorothy’s steps into aviation. She met someone skiing one year and, despondent with the legal profession, decided to take a leap of faith and learn to fly, leaving her job behind.

She completed her CPL after 250 hours and then went on to complete her ATPL after 600 hours flying (which were the rules at that time). She worked in Redhill and completed her IR before running out of money. At which point she reinvented herself as an aviation lawyer before returning back to work for a law firm at Heathrow, keeping up her instruction during weekends.

Her love of aviation and teaching was simply too great to hold her in the legal profession and when she was offered a role instructing for Sky Leisure in 1999, she took it. She enjoyed 5 ½ years working for the company before taking up the opportunity to set up her own school in 2005, which it seems has gone from strength to strength.

Somewhat of a ‘super’ instructor, Dorothy is qualified to not only teach the basic instructor course but also teach more advanced instructor training such as aerobatics, multi-engine, IR and instructor’s instructor training. Also qualified as an examiner she has two colleagues who support her in delivering the courses, Neil who is based in Lee on Solent and Mike in Redhill.

As someone who has a flair for writing, she has since reinvented her as a publisher. You can buy a complete series of Pooley’s ‘Learning to fly/PPL’ textbooks as well as instructor manuals and tools. Her instructor courses and refresher seminars get booked up very quickly and keep her busy throughout the year.

When not training instructors and examiners Dorothy is very active in the aviation industry. She joined the Honourable Company of Air Pilots in 1994 and in 2001 was appointed to the Court (or board), in 2002 she set up the instructor committee and in 2003 became Chair. That is until 2014 when she was appointed as a ‘Master’, and in doing so became the first woman to be appointed as such in the Guild’s history.

Dorothy Pooley

“I was different to other girls in my class”

It was at this point that the interview took a less jovial turn as Dorothy explains what drives her. “My parents felt education was very important and made a lot of sacrifices to fund us all through private education…I wanted to make my parents proud and that ambition meant that I developed a strong desire to get 100% in everything”.

It was a constant aim and she couldn’t understand why fellow female classmates didn’t place the same emphasis on results. “I feel I’m not good enough and I don’t think I ever will…I will keep striving to achieve better, greater things”.

She described how she felt like an outcast and was terribly bullied. But it didn’t deter her from applying herself to her studies and getting the best possible results. “I did very well at Maths but my regret is that Physics wasn’t my strongest subject and that still affects me now”.

One of 4 children with an older and younger sister it seems that teaching is something that runs in the family, her sister is a ski instructor and flute teacher and her younger sister ‘is a school and music teacher as well as a fantastic mother’.

You can see how much Dorothy loves teaching. It seems not only important to her to be very qualified and accomplished in her discipline but to also be effective in helping students realise their potential and get results. “People say I am strict…but I just have high standards, and what can be better than that?” she jokes. It is certainly apparent from the interview that Dorothy is an achiever. She is someone that will continually strive to rise through the ranks of the industry and is passionate about doing herself and women proud.

Women in aviation

I enquired why she felt so few young women explore a career as a pilot, and in actual fact, a great friend of hers, Clare Walker is a campaigner on that very subject. Chairman of the RAeS’s Women in Aviation and Aerospace Committee, Clare explained to the industry publication, Airport-Technology: “Part of today’s problem is down to the lack of visible role models.” She adds: “Most young women don’t believe women do jobs such as piloting commercial aircraft, as so few are visible or audible in the cockpit,” Dorothy shares her observations.

The subjects that assist with your pilot training fall into the STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) category. It has long been recognised that woman are underrepresented in these subjects, with just 11% continuing to study these subjects at FE level. Observers note that making female pilots more visible is important, and Dorothy has herself taken her nieces and nephews flying – ensuring that they can experience first-hand what it is like.

An enlightening incident she recalls involves her Nephew at his Beaver club. “My nephew was pursuing his ‘air badge’ and drew a picture of his Auntie flying a Spitfire. The leader of the club called his mum, my sister and said, ‘I think your son has been fibbing’. She politely corrected the group leader and introduced me to their next meeting and I ended up doing a little talk about it”.

Lastly, I asked Dorothy what she would recommend to any young lady interested in pilot training, and where she should start, she said: “Join the air cadets, it is full of fantastic opportunities and a great place to see what flying is all about.”

If Dorothy has inspired you, pop her name into your Google search bar. She’s an incredibly accomplished woman with a long track history, successfully teaching pilots to instruct and winner of notable awards within the industry. It was certainly a pleasant 60 mins getting to know her a little better and feel we’ve only scratched the surface.

Royal Visitor

Yesterday, we had an exciting day here at Brighton City Airport due to a Royal Visitor. We were privilege to welcome HRH The Duke of Kent who visited some local businesses. These included Ricardo PLC and Pooley Sword Limited. See Ricardo PLC’s press release here. The Duke of Kent arrived in the Royal Sikorsky S-76C.




It is with great sadness that we have been informed that the Wild Life Festival will not be returning in 2018. Disclosure and Rudimental are seeking a year off Wild Life to record albums which will be exciting news for all their fans we are sure. 

The event has proven a fantastic success and working with the event organisers, SJM Concerts, over the last three years been an absolute pleasure. We hope Disclosure and Rudimental bring the event back in 2019 but in the meantime, we’d like to formally thank everyone for being part of the event.

Wildlife Festival 2015 - Brighton City Airport

The concert was the first of its kind for a licensed airport and it has enabled us to reach out to a completely new audience.  Wild Life’s successful launch in 2014 was brought about by a great team effort and we are grateful to our airport team, the organisers, the council, airport businesses and local community for giving the event the opportunity it deserved.

Managing Director, Jonathan Candelon said: “It is sad to hear that we will not be having the biggest and best party in town on our back garden this year but hopefully we will the year after. Thank you to all of you that have supported us for this event, because without you it could not have happened”.  

We would like to thank everyone that has been part of the event and being part of its success over the years and we look forward to 2019 when the event will hopefully return.

UK Drone users to sit safety tests under new law

Drone users will have to take safety awareness tests under new measures to tackle irresponsible and illegal use of the technology.

The Government have announced future plans which will see UK Drone users take safety awareness tests before being allowed to operate them. The popularity of drones has risen rapidly in recent years with this Christmas expecting to sell more than ever. This has resulted in thousands of drone users flying them without any proper training. Drone technology is constantly improving making it more affordable and better to use for users. The introduction of a draft drone bill will be published next spring.

The new law will see owner of drones weighing more than 250g, have to register their drone and sit safety awareness tests in order to operate them in a safe environment. In addition, the bill will give police the right to ground or to seize drone parts to prove the device has been used to commit a crime.

National Police Chief’s Council lead for criminal misuse of drones, Serena Kennedy stated that “Police forces are aware of the ever increasing use of drones by members of the public and we are working with all relevant partners to understand the threats that this new technology can pose when used irresponsibly or illegally. Do not take this lightly – if you use a drone to invade people’s privacy or engage in disruptive behaviour, you could face serious criminal charges”.

In addition, regarding airports – The new regulations could see banning drones from flying near airports or above 400ft. Currently, the regulations applied is that drones weighing more than 7kg can’t be flown above 400ft, and they must always be in the pilot’s line of sight.

For more information regarding Drones and operation use at Brighton City Airport, please feel free to contact us or view our page online – http://flybrighton.com/find-us/contact-us/drone-safety/



Drones Safety

With over 100,000 drones being sold during Christmas last year, this year is even predicted to sell more. Whilst getting a drone for Christmas would make a great present, a lot of people will be flying them without applying the proper information and rules that are presented. The popularity of drones in recent years has resulted as a huge safely problem to airports. Flying a drone close to an airport can lead to damage or danger to planes when flying. In July this year, a number of flights had to be diverted from Gatwick due to a drone.

Our aim is to spread the message of drone safety to help prevent accidents and delays. Whilst drones are great fun and have many benefits, please remember to apply the rules and use it in a safe environment! Check out an article on a guide to drone safety and for more information – http://3dinsider.com/drone-safety-uk/


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Shoreham pilot becomes youngest woman to fly with the US Air Force Thunderbird display team

Beth Moran, a 20 year old from Horsham West Sussex, took to the skies over RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.
The F16 combat jets are in the UK as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations and will fly this coming weekend at the Royal International Air Tattoo.

Watch the BBC’s coverage of her experience here:

Beth as been learning to fly as part of a ‘Fact Not Fiction’ documentary film. She has completed her Private Pilot’s License (PPL) with Sussex Flying Club and has been experiencing a whole spectrum of all things ‘aviation’.

The  USAF  Air  Demonstration  Squadron  (“Thunderbirds”)  is  the  air  demonstration   squadron  of  the  United  States  Air  Force  (USAF).  The  Thunderbirds  are  assigned  to   the  57th  Wing,  and  are  based  at  Nellis  Air  Force  Base.

Fact  Not  Fiction  Films  producer  and  former  British  Airways  Captain,  Tristan   Loraine  stated: “We  have  numerous  leading  partners  working  with  us  on  the  project,  these range from Bose to Garmin, all innovative and world famous brands. To have Beth fly with the Thunderbirds, legends in aviation history, is truly remarkable.”

Beth’s first solo film has had over 500,000 views globally and can be found online here: https://vimeo.com/171463309

You can follow Beth’s experience on Facebook.



New office space now available in the Grade II Listed Terminal building at Brighton City Airport

We have four recently refurbished offices available in the Grade II listed Terminal building.  The space available is perfect space for a small business or someone that needs to move their business out of the home or garden studio.

Perfect for start-up businesses

It’s not just the space that makes these offices perfect but the tenancy terms too. Once you move into the office (s) you will be asked for just three month’s rent in advance, after which you’ll be able to give as little as one month’s notice should you need to leave for any reason.

The rooms have been priced competitively despite 2 offering incredible views of the airfield. TOffice space, Brighton City Airporthe business centre is located on the first floor of the main terminal building, above the Hummingbird café, a popular venue for networking events and business meetings.

Iconic building popular with businesses and visitors

Brighton City Airport is the oldest continuous licensed airport in the UK. The iconic Art Deco terminal building, has appeared in photo shoots, TV drama and films. The attractiveness of the airport is no secret, there are over 60 businesses based on the site; among them including Gearooz DJ Suppliers, Northbrook Metropolitan College, Gochers laundry, John and Ginger online beauty store and FTA, a leading commercial pilot school.

The main terminal has been updated over the years and been adapted to meet current business needs. The rooms available for rent have all been redecorated and updated so all you need do is move in.

Location, location, location

The location of the airport also offers great links to road, cycle routes, rail and buses – perfect for staff commuting to work.

The airport is on two bus routes, near a train station and offers easy-access to both the A27 and A259.

The airport is equidistant from nearby Brighton and Worthing. There are a number of plans for economic regeneration for the Greater Brighton, Worthing and Adur area with £48.73million of Local Growth Fund to be invested in the coming year. These key projects expect to attract £700million of private sector investment into the region. Never has there been a better time to make the most of the space at the heart of this region.

Function rooms and a fantastic restaurant

The restaurant is popular with tourists, locals and those that want an ideal location for a business breakfast or meeting. Where else can you relax and enjoy a drink or bite to eat whilst sitting within stretching distance of helicopters and airplanes?

There are two function rooms for catered or un-catered events and bookable space in the restaurant itself.

For all Business Centre enquiries including the latest prices, please contact Christine Smith, call: 01273 467373 email: reception@flybrighton.com

Grade II listed Airport Hangar to be restored its former glory

Just as an exciting venture will end at the Airport, a new one will start. Just days after the final day of Wild Life Festival, restoration work on the airport’s Municipal Hangar will commence   The Municipal Hangar is a Grade II listed building and interestingly the restoration work will commence almost exactly 102 years […]

Public Consultation on the Airspace Change Proposal concerning the Introduction of Improved GNSS Instrument Approach Procedures

23rd February – 18th May 2017

Welcome to the consultation for the proposed instrument flight procedures.

The airport is required to carry out this consultation in accordance with the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s guidelines (Document CAP725, available from the CAA website, www.caa.co.uk).

We hope that you find the consultation document informative and welcome your feedback on the proposal.

The links to the document, feedback form and summary report are below: