Student Information

For further information on your course, email us directly or come to one of our open days!


Castle Air Academy will be newly renovated in 2024, enhancing our facilities to provide a better standard of training for you. You will have all you need to learn in a comfortable and well-equipped environment with multiple classrooms, briefing and planning rooms, smart technology, an AW109E simulator, and our fully equipped breakroom.

Gloucestershire Airport

Gloucestershire Airport is centrally located, allowing students easy access to our training hub, only 5 minutes away from the M5. Cheltenham is under 15 minutes away and Gloucester city centre 20 minutes away. Other nearby cities include Worcester, Oxford, Bath, Bristol and Cardiff. The positioning of the Academy was chosen because Gloucestershire Airport and its airspace lend themselves perfectly to instrument training, having ILS, NDB, GPS, and RNAV. Meaning, that all aspects of instrument rating can be carried out on-site without the need for travel. This significantly reduces positioning costs to students and means that time can be used more effectively performing approaches rather than travelling from base to another airport.

Castle Air Academy Gloucestershire Airport


Pilot Careers Live

20th April 2024 – Sofitel London Heathrow T5
13th July 2024 – Concorde Conference Centre, Manchester Airport
2nd November 2024 – Sofitel London Heathrow T5

Open Days

Our open days provide the opportunity for you to see the facilities that you will be training and meet our instructors. You will be able to ask questions and find out more what Castle Air can offer you.

Student FAQ

Anyone above the age of 17 can apply but you must be at least 18 years old on the day your course starts providing you meet all entry requirements.

Contact us directly to book on our courses. You can reach the team on 03333 638 941 or complete the contact form online.

We ask that during training you are available full time throughout your training blocks but understand that sometimes unforeseen circumstances happen where you may need to pause your training, so we always aim to be flexible and accommodate the time of you need.

Yes! We are a registered ELCAS learning provider. Contact us directly to find out more or contact ELCAS.

We can organise accommodation for you however this is optional, and you can make your own arrangements. We do have a list of accommodation providers we use regularly. Check out our selection of accommodation here!

We offer a mixture of payment options and structures. Contact us directly to discuss financial options.
You are required to pay an initial deposit before you start to secure your place on the course.


Finding accommodation can be quite stressful, so to help provide some ease we have negotiated exclusive discounted rates with local businesses for our students. We have found a range of accommodation nearby to suit all needs and budgets.

Prices may vary dependant on time of year. Please state you are a Castle Air Academy student when you make contact.

Geraldine Bailey

4 Pickering Close, Leckhampton, Cheltenham, Glos, GL53 0LE

Self contained annex, off road parking, free WiFi, Ensuite rooms in house. Cost £30 per night no VAT. 10 mins to Gloucestershire Airport by car

T: 01242 239442 / 07960 988004

Holmdale – Bed & Breakfast

Old Gloucester Road, Staverton, Cheltenham, GL51 0TG

£35+ VAT per night, no VAT including English breakfast. 10 minutes to Gloucestershire Airport by car.


T: 01242 680301 / 07966 377651


93 Brookfield Lane, Churchdown, GL3 2PR

£25pp per night for single room, no VAT / no breakfast but use of kitchen facilities, walking distance to Gloucestershire Airport.

T: 01452 856219

Holiday Inn Express

Golden Valley Roundabout, 33 Dunalley Street Cheltenham GL50 4AP

T: 01242 548200

Travelodge Cheltenham

Golden Valley Roundabout, Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 6TA

T: 0871 984 6202

Cheltenham Chase Hotel

Sturdington Road, Brockwork, Gloucestershire, GL3 4PB

T: 01452 519988

Short Stay Room to Let

GL51 0RE

The accommodation is a double room within a house in a small private cul de sac; house over three floors, offers off road parking, internet access and Sky TV. It offers a good size double room with use of own bathroom/towels and linen change. Access to the kitchen is not an issue for coffee/tea etc. Run by professional couple, no smoking in the house, dog lover preferred as a pet in the house. No international calls. Breakfast other meals could be discussed/negotiated if required.

£100-£110 per week to include all major bills.

Claire Sadler
T: 01242 231729 M: 07894 124333

Single Room in Private House

Easy access to M5 Chelt/Glos & Tewks 10 mins to Gloucestershire Airport by car

Private parking / shared kitchen, lounge and bathroom with owner occupier/Wifi available, Virgin TV/ non smoker. Happy to provide breakfast.

From £100-£120 per week.

T: 0771 823 9339


Bed & Breakfast

Churchdown, GL3 2AP. Free loan of bicycle. No VAT. Must like a friendly dog.


1 x small room use of the house, £35 for 1 night, multiple nights £30 per night including breakfast.


1 x large room with use of the house, £40 for 1 night, multiple nights £35 per night including breakfast. Dinner often available £5 or £15 (choice of meal.


Free WiFi, no TV, free collection/delivery from/to the airfield or Cheltenham Station usually available (small fee) with sufficient notice.


T: 07884 384045

Briarfields Hotel & Touring Park

Gloucester Road, Cheltenham, GL51 0SX

T: 01242 235324


For Military Personnel Only

Imjin Barracks, Innsworth, Gloucestershire GL3 1HW

T: 01452 718007

One Bedroom Serviced Apartment

Sarah Seccombe at Twigworth Court, Tewkesbury Road, Twigworth, GL2 9PG

T: 01452 730517


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