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PPL Full Time Course

Our full time PPL Courses are back by popular demand in 2015!  Courses will run from April through to October.

We have introduced an extra week into the course this year at no extra cost which will cover all the ground school requirements. Get those exams out of the way so that you can spend the next 6 weeks on the exciting bit - the flying!


For more information on the full time PPL Course contact

The BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice course is starting in January 2015!

The BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice, delivered through a partnership between ourselves and the Institute for Work Based Learning at Middlesex University, gives you the opportunity to gain academic credit and a qualification based on your technical and practical flying training and early career practice.

We have our first intake of students who will be starting on 12th January 2015, with two other intakes planned for April and October 2015.

The 3 year programme has been designed specifically to incorporate all of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulated training leading and on completion of the programme you will have a Degree which is highly relevant to both your current and future employment.

We will be having regular open days throughout 2015 which will cover all the information you need to know to kick start this exciting new career path for you.  Click on our Open Day section to register now.


As well as our usual exciting Flight Experience Vouchers, we are now selling Night Flying Experience and Aerobatic Experience gift vouchers. Give someone you care about a real adrenalin rush this Xmas.  Call now to purchase - 01382 644372.

New addition to our fleet has arrived!  Tecnam - now registered as G-OTAY

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Tayside Aviation Secure New RAF Flying Scholarship Contract

Tayside Aviation hassecured the latest MoD contract providing the Air Cadet Pilot Scheme (ACPS) contract for the next five years.  This contract provides training for 150 cadets per year and is worth around  £1.5 million.

Jim Watt, Managing Director for Tayside Aviation said, “We are pleased to be able to continue to serve the RAF in delivering the flying scholarships. We have held this contract continuously now for the past 23 years and it requires high standards of flying and safety as well as delivering a cost effective program for the RAF. Our instructors have to be high achievers as they all have to be cleared to fly with the RAF Central Flying School.  It is a tough and demanding contract to deliver but our vast experience has enabled us to keep at the leading edge of service delivery. Here in Dundee in Scotland we have the most favourable weather and fly this program all year round. It is great for Scotland and for Dundee. I am very proud of my staff and Flying instructors who do an outstanding job. We train over 200 pilots a year at Dundee to the very highest standards recognised by the Royal Air Force.

Tayside Aviation has now been operating for over 45 years and is the only Flight School in the UK approved to fly the RAF Flying Scholarships with cadets coming from all over the UK to train in Dundee. They also train scholarships for The Air League, The Honorary Company of Air Pilots as well as GAPAN Hong Kong. Tayside Aviation also has a pilot placement program with Loganair.


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Finance Your Flying

All of our flight training courses can now be financed through ATPL Finance, they can also provide bespoke loans if you are partway through a course. You can find out further information at or

Testimonial from Flying Scholarship Student Matt Dearden

Thank's to Matt for writing about his experiences with us in the Air League Newsletter

Read the full text here

Marjan Bledowski

Marjan Bledowski was presented with an Illuminated Scroll from the Duke of Edinburgh at an award ceremony held in St James Palace Thursday 31st May.

This prestigious award is from The Air League in recognition of services to flying training and outstanding flying instruction with young students. .

The Duke of Edinburgh is Patron of the Air League and Marjan and his wife Joyce from Arbroath were thrilled to receive the award and to meet HRH in such a magnificent setting.

Marjan who turned 62 last year has been a flying instructor with Tayside Aviation for 24 years and has amassed 14,000 hours flying experience. In his time he has sent over 700 students on their first solo flight, many of whom now fly with airlines all over the world. Tayside Aviation also delivers the RAF Air Cadet Pilot Scheme at Dundee and Marjan is the Chief Flying Instructor for the RAF scholarship programme. Marjan has also trained over 1200 Air cadets and has trained pilots for the Honk Kong search and rescue services.


Tayside Aviation’s Managing Director, James Watt said “I am very proud that Marjan has received this recognition from The Air League. He is an outstanding flying instructor who has never lost his drive and enthusiasm to help students achieve their goal of becoming a pilot”.


Saab Training room open! 

The Saab training room will allow us to train pilots for their Saab 340 type rating. It's a full mockup of the cockpit which allows pilots to familiarise themselves with the procedures and checklist tasks. Combined with the simulator room this allows us to prepare students for type rating training with Loganair, who operate several flights a day out of Dundee in this very aircraft.


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Seneca Refit 

We have recently invested in a full interior refit of the Seneca. Experience the new luxury surroundings by renting this impressive aircraft at the weekends. And now is as good a time as any to upgrade your licence to fly twin engined aircraft, contact us to find out more


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Night Flying 

As the winter nights approach have you thought about adding the night qualification to your Licence? 

Night flying is an enjoyable experience and a useful addition to your licence privileges. Those moving on to the CPL are reminded that the night qualification is a requirement and it is a lot easier to do it in the winter months than the summer!

Tayside Aviation will be conducting night training throughout the winter period from Dundee Airport-between October and mid March ONLY.

The night flying programme will commence with a Night Flying briefing for all interested on a date to be decided after we see the demand.

The night training syllabus consists of:-

  • 2 – 3 hours of briefings.
  • 5 hours of flight at  night to include:-

Dual  (min 3 hours)                                 Solo   

  • Night familiarisation                      5 full stop landings       
  • Night cross country (min 1 hour)
  • Night circuits

If you are interested in the night qualification or would just like to experience a flight by night please contact our reception



Tayside Aviation Celebrate a Centenary of Female Flight.

In 1911, Hilda Hewlett became the first female pilot to be issued with a British pilots licence. We commemorated this 100th anniversary in association with British Womens Pilot Association in a nationwide Women in the Air day to encourage more females to take to the skies. Staff, students and scholarship cadets were able to enjoy the spectacular event with flights, grand buffet and of course a lovely slice of birthday cake. Pink balloons were in evidence in the marquee specially set up for the event.

The event was featured on STVs Daybreak programme, on Radio Tay and also in the Dundee Courier and Daily Record.



Free Online PPL Ground School Study for Tayside Aviation Students!!

Tayside have now introduced PPL , CPL , IR, and ATPL ground school on line. PPL students will get free access to all the study material and practice exam papers etc. ATPL student will also get discounted rates for the Ground studies and brush up courses.

Go online to try the demo at :

Studying for your PPL can be a tough challenge. Tayside Aviation has a great solution. Passing your PPL exams coudn't be easier!  This is now done online and in your own time - at your own pace.  If you are on a PPL course with us - speak to a member of staff to get enrolled on to the system. You will then get online access FREE. Its all part of our training commitment.  

Exams covered are as follows:

  • Air Law and Operational Procedures
  • Aircraft General Knowledge and Principles of Flight
  • Flight Planning
  • Human Performance and Limitations
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Communications



Tom Hall and Paul Wilkinson - First Solo


Despite the bad weather young Tom Hall managed to get his first solo flight completed on his 16th Birthday on the shortest day of the year 21st December. All thanks to his instructor Martin West and of course the Airport Authority for getting the snow out of the way.

Paul Wilkinson also flew solo the same afternoon.



Many will be sad to see Andrea leave but pleased that she has joined Loganair as a first officer as part of Tayside Aviations partnership with Loganair

Tayside Aviation and Loganair Partnership

An Airline Placement Partnership has been launched in Scotland between two major players in the aviation industry – Tayside Aviation and Loganair.

Loganair have routinely used Tayside Aviations’ facilities and flight simulator to carry out their pilot selection process for jobs with Loganair and for their holding pool. Both companies have now formalised and developed this partnership.

Dave Rubery, Fleet Manager for Loganair states “ Tayside Aviations’ professional  training standards continue to produce the calibre of pilot needed for the Loganair environment.  The facilities at Tayside are first class, including their Alsim AL200 MCC simulator. We are delighted to formalise this partnership and look forward to working with Tayside to help identify and nurture our future Loganair pilots.”

Pilots working with Tayside Aviation will, if successful at these selections, go to Sweden to be type-rated on the SAAB 340 on secondment to Loganair.  Pilots would then return to Tayside Aviation to continue working as an Instructor until jobs come along. The main advantage is that four pilots at a time are type rated on the SAAB but it means that Loganair can employ the First Officers as and when a job pops up singly rather than four at a time. Essentially Tayside offers a “Working Pool” which keeps the candidates actively flying and Loganair will offer jump seat flights to help with currency.

Jim Watt, Managing Director of Tayside Aviation said “We train pilots to fly in UK for UK conditions and we culture students and our Instructors towards flying in these demanding conditions. We already have an excellent working relationship with Loganair and we look forward to developing this further with this exciting new initiative. We are also delighted that we are helping to place our students and instructors on the first step towards their career as an airline pilot”.

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Enhanced Learning for the Armed Forces

Tayside Aviation received approval to deliver Enhanced Learning for the Armed Forces - ELCAS


Thomas Yen and Judy Choe

2 pilots from China have gained their wings with Tayside Aviation. They both completed their 7 week training programme and gained their Private Pilot Licence.

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Judy: "It has been amazing because we had great fun with our instructors and flew on our owns"

Thomas: "It is pretty good, we had great aircraft and instructors and we met a lot of air cadets as well"




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