The original South Coast Flying Club was formed a century ago, at the very dawn of aviation. The first Sussex Aero Club was founded in 1913 at Shoreham, coinciding with the Pashley brothers moving their leisure flight business to Shoreham from Brooklands. Financial problems, likely compounded by the Great War, meant that company was wound-up, but in 1925, The Southern Aero Club was founded with Cecil L. Pashley as its flying instructor. Then, in 1936, the Brooklands Aviation Group took over the old Southern Aero Club and it was renamed the South Coast Flying Club.
There is an excellent book covering the history of Shoreham Airport, by Tim Webb and Dennis Bird and the header picture on this page shows members of the Club taking delivery of a new aircraft in 1937. In recent years, we introduced the term ‘Group’, in addition to ‘Club’, to more accurately reflect how we operate, and while the current Club is not a direct descendant of the original, we believe we have inherited the same passion for aviation as these early pioneers.
We use a cloud-based booking, flight-logging and billing system that reduces paperwork and admin.
There is no need to buy shares or pay into costly maintenance funds. A low monthly fee is all that’s required for members to access all of our services.
Once your license and medical status are confirmed, you must have a check-ride with one of our instructors, then you are free to hire our aircraft.