Welcome to Carlisle Flight Training. We are a small, family run, friendly flying school and aero club.
We welcome everybody who drops in.
Director, Instructor and Examiner
Alan Rayson (Mum) is our Chief Flying Instructor and examiner (flight and ground), he has been flying for over 20 years and with over 6,000 instructional flying hours has quietly sat through many peoples early stages of flying. Alan started his instructing with "Cumbria Aero Club" where he taught both civilians and the RAF Cadets. On a weekend day you can often hear his dulcet tones from tower as he also does Airground Radio.
Making him a drink is always a good move! (milky coffee no sugar)
Helen started at Carlisle Airport in 1997 working in the bar, moving into the tower and then finally she moved on to become one of the only female civilian refuellers in the UK. Unfortunately the glamour of overalls, steel toe caps and freezing winters wasn't strong enough to keep her outside and she is now a slave to the heating in the winter and sunbathing on the decking in the summer, running CFT can sometimes be a little bit stressful so has recently taken up horse riding again after a 26 year break!!! so on her days off she is to be found knee deep in horse c#@p, which is very theraputic.......
Farrokh the reindeer accompanies us on many of our adventurous trips to various airfields around the UK & Europe. He is a dab hand at map folding and an impressive lookout in the aeroplane! On his travels he's flown into Heathrow, Palma and even Majorca!
Lloyd The Kitten
Lloyd came to us from one of our members as a tiny feral farm cat. He quickly settled into not having to go out and get his own dinner (although he does still do this from time to time!) He is often found wandering around the hangars and has been known to frequent the airport fire section as well as the air ambulance helipad!
Bob has recently joined us replacing Denis as our full time instructor, Bob is from Blackpool where he instructed for a few years with stints in Oxfordshire and Northants. However you cant make a Northener happy by putting them down south. With more than a couple of thousand hours you can be assured he knows what hes talking about!
Ally first started at Carlisle Flight Training during her schools works experience and shortly after started a part-time job. Ally works weekends however you may see her the odd day through the week when shes not at school. She enjoys playing the piano and drawing, she would also like to gain her NPPL and to possible have a career in the RAF as a pilot.
Liam is another member of staff who works weekends on the front desk taking bookings and general Ops stuff. Liam has been with us since March 2012 and is in the process of gaining his PPL with ambitions of one day going commercial. Away from flying Liam can either be found playing cricket in the summer or playing Badminton when its cold.