Experience first hand the rush of flying as you take to the cockpit in this adrenaline fuelled aerobatic flying experience
- Chichester (West Sussex)
- Gift Voucher valid for 1 Participant
Think of the 'ooohhs' and 'aahhhs' and the upturned faces when
the glorious Red Arrows perform their breathtaking display - well,
you can experience the feeling of being the pilot in the cockpit!
The West Sussex Top Gun Flying Experience, located at Goodwood
Aerodrome allows you to get seriously hands-on with aerobatics, and
actually perform these tricks yourself, with instruction from a
You'll be flying in The T67 Firewfly, a low wing monoplane used by 10 different Air Forces. It is fantastically agile and very responsive, and responds to a pilot's commands with ease and obedience. Your flying experience will be facilitated by an an ex-military instructor, and they will provide tuition and guidance with military precision. As well as showing you how the pros do it with a display of mind-blowing aerial manoeuvres, your instructor will pass controls to you and let you have a go at the ultimate Top Gun experience!
Once you have arrived and been welcomed to the centre your day will
begin with a thorough safety briefing covering all aspects of the
Bulldog and the surrounding area. It's then time to get kitted out
into your flying suit. Choose your call-sign name badge
("Maverick", "Iceman" etc) for the day before attending a full
pre-flight briefing which includes all safety/parachute procedures,
and how to fly aerobatics and air combat. It is now time for your
flight! This will include a formation take-off (2 aircraft) and
formation close maneuvering in the climb. You will then have a
demonstration and practice taking the controls for aerobatic
maneuvers. It is now 'Hands on Stick' time - where you'll have the
opportunity to fly some aerobatics yourself. After all of this it
will be time for 'shoot the bandit' & smoke! Finally your
instructor will talk you through the return to base. Your
experience will finish with a full de-brief and the presentation of
a certificate to keep as a memento of your day.
This fantastic experience is sure to provide the perfect gift for anyone wanting to explore the skies, and experience the rush of piloting the aeroplane yourself!
The West Sussex Top Gun Aerobatic Flying Experience is usually run on Fridays, and is available March-October inclusive. The experience will usually start at 11:00am or 1:00pm.
Minimum Age: 16
Maximum Weight: 17 stone
Height restrictions: Minimum height: 5ft. Maximum height: 6ft5"
If you are over 71 years of age you will be required to provide a letter from your doctor confirming your suitability to fly.
You will be required to complete a medical form before flying.
Experience Duration: 00:40
Time at Venue: 04:00
Please allow 3-4 hours for the Top Gun Aerobatic Experience. Flying time is approximately 40 minutes.
Participants: The West Sussex Top Gun Aerobatic Flying Experience- Weekdays is for 1 participant.
Max Group Size: -1
Spectators Allowed on Site: Yes
The West Sussex Top Gun Aerobatic Flying Experience is for one
Multiple spectators are welcome to the Goodwood Aerodrome, however only 1 spectator per participant can be accommodated in the crew room during the flying brief. There is a cafe with a balcony at the centre where spectators may watch participants, however please note the lesson will not take place above the Goodwood Aerodrome but in the local area, meaning spectators will only be able to observe take-off and landing.
Please wear comfortable clothing for the Top Gun Experience. Sensible footwear is essential.
The West Sussex Top Gun Aerobatic Flying Experience may be affected by weather conditions.
Are you looking for an adrenaline-fuelled gift, that will reach new levels of excitement and thrill? Ultimate High in Goodwood, Chichester, offers extreme aerobatic flying experiences and flights with professional fighter pilots – truly the ultimate high! We interviewed Jo to find out more about these incredible flying experiences, and found out a lot of very interesting facts about their planes and celebrity visitors.
Q1: We know that Ultimate High has a very fascinating history behind the planes, could you tell us more about this?
Ultimate High operate 2 different types of aircraft. Our British built Slingsby Fireflies were used by the military as part of the process to train to prepare fighter pilots for the front line. Our flying guests sit side by side with their instructor and the bubble canopy allows fantastic visibility whichever way up the aeroplane is! Our tandem seat Extra 300 aircraft is a two-seat version of the aircraft used in the Red Bull Air Races and is used for public air displays. Celebrities who have flown with us include Guy Martin who learnt how to deal with G-forces for his wall of death world record attempt, the Stig, Reggie Yates, Steve Backshall, Carol Vorderman, Dr Alice Roberts, and we have featured on numerous TV programmes, including Strictly Come Dancing, Coast, Blue Peter and Fifth Gear.
Q2: What differentiates your flying experiences to other competitors?
We use extremely powerful aircraft that enable guests to derive first hand experience of flying on the edge. All of our instructors are ex-military professional instructors who love demonstrating the joys of aerobatic flight. We are the only place in Europe where you can fly simulated air combat in former military aircraft. We have also been awarded the title of “Best Adventure Experience” by the Gadget Show.
Q3: What advice would you give anyone who hasn’t flown before or is a little apprehensive about a flying experience?
Our experienced and considerate instructors always ensure that the flight is tailored specifically to the guest. Some guests choose to fly very gently whilst others are much more adventurous; we make sure that we always deliver exactly the right amount of excitement to each individual.
Q4: In your opinion, what is the best part of your job?
Introducing newcomers to the amazing experience of aerobatic flight and sharing their enjoyment and laughter.
Q5: What type of aerobatic stunts do you do while flying?
Aerobatic manoeuvres flown range from the most simple, such as loops and rolls, anywhere up to the extreme tumbling figures demonstrated at air shows. G-forces can range between +8G and -4G!
Q6: Best Adventure Experience: What three words would you use to describe your flying experiences?
Adrenaline-fuelled, exciting, fun.
Thank you very much to Jo for answering our questions about Ultimate High. It is amazing to hear about the history behind the former military aircrafts and how they are still being used today in such a remarkable way. It really is no surprise that they received an award for the Best Adventure Experience! These flying experiences are the perfect gift for anyone with a head for heights and enjoys an action-packed activity.