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Imagine driving your choice of classic car through the beautiful and dramatic Wiltshire & Dorset countryside, having lunch on top of a hill with breath-taking panoramic 30 mile views, and then taking to the skies in your choice of aircraft to enjoy the scenery from 2000 feet...You can purchase a unique package making an unforgettable gift or a treat for yourself enjoying all of this.

Hire your choice of car and make your way along the country lanes in Wiltshire to Compton Abbas in Dorset via tourist attractions such as Stonehenge. Once there you will have a go at flying (and yes you are at the controls!) in your chosen aircraft (choose from a piper warrior / light sports aircraft or even a Chipmunk or Harvard Warbird - Few experiences will top this one - it’s the next best thing to flying in a Spitfire) under the guidance of a fully qualified professional instructor - enjoying famous local landmarks from the air such as Poole Harbour, Jurassic Coastline, Cerne Abbas Giant, Glastonbury Tor and Cheddar Gorge or an eagles eye view of Stonehenge. Once back on terra firma you can enjoy lunch at the popular airfield restaurant taking in stunning views overlooking the runway and still have another scenic drive via a different route back to Wiltshire to look forward to!. 

Available for booking March – September or as a gift voucher for someone special!

Experience Flight Terms & Conditions

Weight restrictions

There are weight restrictions/guides for the aircraft as follows:

  • Piper Warrior 4 Seater – Max weight 20 stone
  • Light Sport aircraft 2 Seater: Maximum weight 14 stone.
  • Chipmunk: Maximum weight limit 16 stone.
  • Harvard Warbird: Maximum weight limit 18 stone
  • Boeing Stearman: Maximum weight 18 stone

Please advise if above the maximum weights as we may be able to accommodate you but may have to make some provisions.

Health: You just need to sign a temporary membership form on the day. In doing so you will state that you feel ok in yourself mentally and physically that day. If you have any concerns or medical conditions that you feel may restrict you from flying then please contact your doctor.

Age: There is a minimum age of 14 years for the Light Sport aircraft. There is a minimum age of 7 years for the Piper Warrior. There is no upper age limit.

Please note that terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.

FAQ’s

Can I take someone else up with me? The only aircraft with space in the back is the Piper Warrior. If you have a friend who would like to observe the flight (with an interest in possibly carrying out flying training in the future) then they will need to take out membership of the club for the day. This is weight and weather permitting and your flying instructor will make a decision on the day of the flight. 

Where can I fly? You can choose where you want to fly in your given time, which you will do in the pre flight brief. There are some restrictions as to where pilots can fly and these can change on a daily basis - although it’s more than likely you will be able to fly where you choose.

I am thinking of learning to fly – will the experience flight count? Yes – you will be flying with a fully qualified flying instructor at a registered and fully licensed flight training organisation. So the time you spend in the air with us can be the first entry in your pilots log book!

The Restaurant/Café

Seated atop a hill in the heart of the Dorset countryside, Compton Abbas Airfield restaurant is perfect for a wake up breakfast, casual lunch or scrumptious afternoon tea. We use locally sourced ingredients where we can, supporting local businesses & creating a traditional English style cuisine.

Welcome...everyone is welcome at Compton during our published opening hours. Most of our visitors are in fact not pilots but people who just enjoy our location, views and food. 

Breakfast...

Come and wake up with us at Compton. We’ve got a selection of sandwiches, full 'Compton' breakfasts and ‘yummy things on toast’ lovingly put together by our team. Our bacon, sausages and eggs come from the award winning 'Harvell's Butcher' just down the road in Iwerne Minster, and are all free range. We've recently added 'The Big Compton Breakfast' to our menu for those of you who like a really Big start to the day!

Lunch

We think our blend of food and drink, passionate staff, spectacular views and aviation activity is the perfect recipe for lunch time feasting. Menu options vary from gourmet burgers to sharing platters, mouth-watering lamb shanks or granary baguettes with thick cut ham. Our popular ‘Junior Pilots’ menu is ideal for your little ones, or if you fancy a smaller appetite meal.

Afternoon tea

Dig your fork into a flavoursome carrot cake, a delightful victoria sponge, a rich millionaire shortbread, a cheeky fruit cake….and remember, cake is nothing without a warming cappuccino, latte or tea. Our cakes are all hand made and freshly delivered from just outside of Shaftesbury. 

Runway Terrace

Unusually for an airfield our runway terrace and viewing area where you can enjoy all our produce on our outside tables - overlooks the entire airfield. So whilst you are having your lunch or sipping your tea you will see all the action from the take offs and landings to the parked aircraft and experience flights. 

Prices

Car Chipmunk Chipmunk Chipmunk
  30 Minutes 45 Minutes 60 Minutes
Alfa Romeo GTV £410 £505 £594
Alfa Romeo Spider £410 £505 £594
Aston Martin DB7 £580 £675 £764
Audi Quattro turbo £415 £510 £599
Austin Healey 3000 £580 £675 £764
BMW 8 Series £415 £510 £599
Daimler Sovereign £415 £510 £599
Jaguar E-type £580 £675 £764
Jaguar Mark II £490 £585 £674
MGC Roadster £410 £505 £594
Morris Minor £380 £475 £564
Triumph Stag £410 £505 £594
VW Campervan T2 £410  £410  £594 

 

Car Harvard Harvard Harvard
  30 Minutes 45 Minutes 60 Minutes
Alfa Romeo GTV £694 £954 £1145
Alfa Romeo Spider £694 £954 £1145
Aston Martin DB7 £864 £1124 £1315
Audi Quattro turbo £699 £959 £1150
Austin Healey 3000 £864 £1124 £1315
BMW 8 Series £699 £959 £1150
Daimler Sovereign £699 £959 £1150
Jaguar E-type £864 £1124 £1315
Jaguar Mark II £774 £1034 £1225
MGC Roadster £694 £954 £1145
Morris Minor £664 £924 £1115
Triumph Stag £694 £954 £1145
VW Campervan T2 £694  £954  £1145 

 

Car Piper Warrior, 4 Seater Piper Warrior, 4 Seater Piper Warrior, 4 Seater
  30 Minutes 45 Minutes 60 Minutes
Alfa Romeo GTV £320 £365 £415
Alfa Romeo Spider £320 £365 £415
Aston Martin DB7 £490 £535 £585
Audi Quattro turbo £325 £370 £420
Austin Healey 3000 £490 £535 £585
BMW 8 Series £325 £370 £420
Daimler Sovereign £325 £370 £420
Jaguar E-type £490 £535 £585
Jaguar Mark II £400 £445 £495
MGC Roadster £320 £365 £415
Morris Minor £290 £335 £385
Triumph Stag £320 £365 £415
VW Campervan T2 £320  £365  £415 

 

Car Light Sport 2 Seater Light Sport 2 Seater Light Sport 2 Seater
  30 Minutes 45 Minutes 60 Minutes
Alfa Romeo GTV £291 £332 £354
Alfa Romeo Spider £291 £332 £354
Aston Martin DB7 £461 £502 £524
Audi Quattro turbo £296 £337 £359
Austin Healey 3000 £461 £502 £524
BMW 8 Series £296 £337 £359
Daimler Sovereign £296 £337 £359
Jaguar E-type £461 £502 £524
Jaguar Mark II £371 £412 £434
MGC Roadster £291 £332 £354
Morris Minor £261 £302 £324
Triumph Stag £291 £332 £354
VW Campervan T2 £291  £332  £354 

 

Car Boeing Stearman Boeing Stearman Boeing Stearman
  30 Minutes 45 Minutes 60 Minutes
Alfa Romeo GTV £469 £545 £644
Alfa Romeo Spider £469 £545 £644
Aston Martin DB7 £639 £715 £814
Audi Quattro turbo £474 £550 £649
Austin Healey 3000 £639 £715 £814
BMW 8 Series £474 £550 £649
Daimler Sovereign £474 £550 £649
Jaguar E-type £639 £715 £814
Jaguar Mark II £549 £625 £724
MGC Roadster £469 £545 £644
Morris Minor £439 £515 £614
Triumph Stag £469 £545 £644
VW Campervan T2 £469  £545  £644 

 

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