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Testimonials. Why should I train with Haffenden Aviation?

"John makes learning to fly exactly what it should be, fun! He is able to draw on the skills he has learnt and developed over a significant aviation career to equip you with the necessary skills to become a competent pilot who makes good decisions, tailored specifically around you. Learning to fly around a career was always going to be even more of a challenge and John helped me to strike a balance between work and flying, enabling me to progress despite the frequency between flights not always being what would be required in ideal conditions.

Learning to fly with John also doesn't stop when you get your license as he if often at the airfield and will always take time for a chat and to give you a second opinion or assistance if you need it." - James Leaning, PPL

"John's expert tuition, calm reassuring manner and patience, coupled with his high level of professionalism and genuine love and enthusiasm for flying, were the perfect ingredients that enabled me to achieve a long standing ambition and learn to fly. I gained my PPL in July 2010. I am currently undertaking my night rating with John." - Mark Fosbery, PPL

"From the very first flight with John I felt I was in the safe hands of a natural flyer and a real aviation enthusiast. There followed an extremely enjoyable, friendly and relaxed JAR PPL course at Headcorn aerodrome (worth a visit in its own right, particularly on Sundays when the museum is open), which saw me passing all of my exams and my flight test first time. Striving for and reaching the high standards set by John was challenging and very rewarding - indeed, learning to fly stretched me in ways I never imagined. Soon after gaining my licence I joined a plane-sharing group and have since confidently enjoyed many safe and exhilarating hours of flying. Many thanks John!" - Iain Smith, PPL

"John Haffenden has been my regular instructor for revalidations etc. since returning to flying after a long break. His friendly and authoritative manner inspires confidence and aids speedy progression. In my experience and opinion he is an excellent instructor, whose services I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone interested in learning to fly." - Steve Goffredi, PPL revalidation

"I first started learning to fly with John with the intention to take a modular route of getting my commercial. With this in mind John tailored the lessons to suit my learning and financial requirements. John is an honest, friendly and professional instructor that has absolute passion for aviation. He has undoubtedly given me the knowledge and confidence as a strong foundation on which to build my career as a pilot. Thank you!" - Sam Wedgwood, PPL

"After moving to Weald Aviation from another flying school at the later part of 2011, where I was trying to complete the last part of my PPL, it was such a relief to find an instructor whom had the time and patience to help me fulfil my goal.

I find john totally professional in the way he conducts himself with his students and as a result of this my flying is now better than ever, I passed my PPL in March 2012 and have got back my confidence and ability whilst flying under his instruction, I wish I had found him sooner. Thanks John for everything." - Joe Hilling, PPL aged 18

"I found the course was professionally taught to a high standard and in a cost effective way. I would recommend to anyone seeking to learn something new and to have fun whilst doing so." - Alasdair Bragge, Night qualification

John was the instructor for the majority of my PPL syllabus. He was calm and patient and his detailed, thorough style of teaching gave me a great foundation for flying when I gained my licence and for the future. John is always available to offer advice and assistance and I would recommend him as an instructor to anyone wishing to learn to fly. - Samantha Waller PPL

John is a professional and friendly instructor, who I found was always gladly willing to go that extra mile to help me understand things I was struggling to grasp. He has been a constant source of helpful tips and advice even after gaining my pilots licence, which I managed to get after only 65 flying hours despite intermittent breaks due to a persistent health issue and the even more persistent Great British weather! Many thanks John - John Lowrey PPL

John's calm and professional approach to all aspects of flight training is very helpful to progressing with any of your goals in aviation. His training takes you well beyond the basic requirements for testing for a given licence/rating, giving you a much bigger insight and appreciation to the bigger picture of every part of the flight. He is very easy to talk to and get along with, and is sympathetic to any problems you may having, staying mindful of costs to the student. I've flown with six different instructors now and would definitely put John at the top. - David Davis PPL

Learning to fly with John has been both very educational and also great fun. He instructs clearly, patiently and always gives the aim of the lesson and honest feedback. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and am very grateful for his instruction which led to my PPL. - Geoff Piper PPL

Having just finished my IMC rating with John I can highly recommend him as an instructor. He explained complex concepts in a simple manner in ground school, and helped me improve my overall flying rather than only addressing the IMC syllabus. He struck a good balance between demanding high standards and keeping the course fun. He placed a strong emphasis on effective decision making, always making sure I made the appropriate weather checks and formed an opinion before he confirmed it. I would definitely recommend John to anyone looking to learn ab-initio or further, and I intend to go back to him soon to get a refresher on the perfect crosswind landing technique. - Alexander Brown IMC

Thank you so much for a brilliant flight experience today, I am buzzing! The photographs both from the air and from the land are a fantastic record of the day. I have put them on facebook to share with my friends. I loved your teaching style, knowledge and passion for flying. I can't wait until I can repeat the experience. - Val Goatley Trial lesson

I'm extremely grateful to have John as my PPL instructor as he's provided me with a highly enjoyable and effective learning experience both in the air and on the ground. John understood my situation being a university student and I was able to finish my course just over the minimum hours, something I didn't expect to happen. This reflects John's ability to align his training with the student on an individual level. This was important towards reaching my training goals since they were both realistic and at a pace that was best suited to my own abilities. - Chris Pawlik PPL

I was very lucky to have been bought a flight experience as a 21st birthday present. This was one of the most amazing things I have ever done. I enjoyed every second of it. John was great, he explained everything to me and then let me fly! He is such a lovely person, and made the experience all the better! I am definitely going to look into getting some further lessons one day! Thanks John! :) - Billi Bliss Trial lesson

John's love of flying and enthusiasm comes across straight away, something that can be missing when an instructor is just there to build hours. He found out what I needed to achieve and tailored the lessons accordingly. His calm and professional teaching style enables you to stay relaxed and get the most out of each lesson. I found John to be very knowledgeable and he always takes the time to explain things properly. I have learnt new things whilst flying with John and gained confidence. I will be using John again in the future to add additional ratings to my PPL and I would definitely recommend him to others. - Mark Alston PPL revalidation

I received a recommendation to earn my PPL with John and am very pleased I took the opportunity. John pays high attention to detail in the first lessons to set the core fly skills in place in which to build upon. My confidence was also built upon from his experience and wealth of knowledge. John remains a close friend and I still choose to fly locally with him when I have the time. Many thanks! - Max Kemsley PPL