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Welcome to the Castle Air Academy

The Castle Air Academy is an Approved Training Organisation with over 30 years’ experience, specialising in advanced training for qualified pilots including Instrument Rating, Instrument Rating Instructor, Type Ratings and Type Rating Instructor. To further strengthen their position Castle Air acquired Bristow Academy UK in June 2016, and merged the two training capabilities, the facilities and instructors to form the largest pilot training school in the UK.

Highly Trained Professional Instructors with Extensive Flying Experience

The Academy Instructors all hold the highest grades of professional license, boasting many years of both civilian and military flying and extensive experience of flying in adverse weather conditions and challenging environments. Based at Gloucester Airport in the UK, the Academy operates in a state-of-the-art purpose built facility and has produced in excess of 300 instrument trained pilots. Uniquely as the UK’s largest helicopter charter company the Academy can also offer a career path for students who demonstrate they can meet the highest standards of flying as demanded by Castle Air.

Be Trained to the Highest Standard with Castle Air Academy’s Pilot Training Courses

The Academy are very proud of their reputation for delivering high calibre training, in a relaxed and friendly environment. The Academy has set out to ensure that pilots are trained to the very highest standards and their model is used as a benchmark across the industry. At The Academy you don’t just walk away at the end of your course, you will be guided through the daunting CAA process of submitting your application and receiving your qualification. It is small things like this – together with the high standard of training and excellent facilities – that means our students return again and again.

In May 2016, we were privileged enough to attend the instrument training and multi engine conversion course under the guidance and instruction of Mr Robin Gibson. Not only were we impressed by his professional manner and willingness to coordinate an individually tailored training program specific to our respective experience levels, but also the calibre of his training.

His experience and humble ability to impart knowledge with patience and calm address was admirable. So too was his ability to acutely and accurately read and assess the level at which we should be encouraged to attain, and with his lead, and positive instruction the level and expectation we had of our own ability was surpassed. The entire training experience remains a career highlight and his influence has undoubtedly been a catalyst that has ignited career progression.

Kirsten Augustyn, ICAO IR Conversion Student

After finally deciding to do an IR and visiting various schools around the UK I chose Castle Air Academy, without doubt this was the best choice for me.

Along with an excellent facility the main benefit I found was having a simulator which was nearly identical to the aircraft used. This made the transition from the sim to the aircraft a lot easier, familiarity of checklists, instruments and scan pattern were all more efficient as I didn’t need to get used to a different cockpit layout.

On top of this the instructors were excellent and I cannot thank, Steve, Ollie and Duncan enough for their patients. The course is very challenging and at times frustrating, having this experience available was a huge help in overcoming these frustrations along the way.

Thank you for your help and also thank you Amanda for keeping me on track with all the admin etc from start to finish.

Cian ‘OLeary, IR & Ground School