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Manchester Barton Aerodrome is literally a 'grass roots aviation' airfield. Since 1930, our airport has been a 'hub' when it comes to flight training activity. Albeit regular visitors will be familiar with some of the larger hardware that utilise our convenient location to the city, the majority of yearly movements consist of flying school movements. If you're looking to plant the roots of a career in aviation or even just in pursuit of a challenging new hobby, Manchester Barton Aerodrome is the place to achieve your ambitions as a pilot in the Greater Manchester area. 


Fixed or rotary wing, there are many aviation licenses and ratings available for pilots to hold, many of which are on offer with operators  who are based with us right here!

LAC Flying School

The largest flying school we have on site. LAC Flying School teaches ab initio flight training for PPL(A) and LAPL students, as well as post PPL(A) courses such as Night Ratings and the Instrument Rating (Restricted)

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Mainair Flying School

Mainair Flying School is one of the longest established flying schools at Manchester Barton Aerodrome. They offer microlight training at it's best and pride themselves on their quality of instruction. Offering training, trial flights and ground school tuition as well as a number of other services.

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Helicentre provides commercial and private helicopter PPL(H) training as well as charter, surveying, helicopter sales and management. With bases at Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester Barton Aerodrome, they are well placed as the leading rotary training provider in the North West.

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North West Aerobatics

If flying straight and level just doesn't do it for you, North West Aerobatics offer a wide range of post PPL(A) qualifications. Training includes: Aerobatic, Tailwheel, UPRT as well as other advanced flight training courses.

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Pagoda Flight Training

Pagoda Flight Training Ltd is the only Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Approved Training Organisation (ATO) based at Manchester Barton Aerodrome. Specialising in full or part time Flight Instructor certification, if your ambition is to become an FI, give them a call.

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Mainair Microlight Centre

Mark Jackson has been flying for over 33 years and has made Microlight flying his life. He has thousands of hours of experience in teaching people to fly microlights. Mainair Microlight Centre is the first stop for someone looking for microlight training in Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire.

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North West Gyro

The only flying school in the North West approved to deliver training for the PPL(G) Gyrocopter aircraft. NWG also deliver experience flights around the city of Manchester.

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