Powered aircraft

Includes: Outdoors, Adventure, In the air

Activity time:
Full day


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Fly away

Enjoy a bird's eye view. You won't get any in-flight snacks but a small plane's much more fun than a jumbo jet!


Powered aircraft are used for recreational flying. The following guidance does not apply to travel in commercial transport flights.

To take girls flying on powered aircraft you will need to find a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved site.

Planning checklist

Safety notes

Girlguiding insurance does not cover members to undertake aviation activities. You will need to check that the activity provider has adequate insurance cover. Please contact Girlguiding insurers AON for more details.

Check safety regulations below for more information on powered aircraft.

The pilot or instructor must have both the following:

  • 100 hours’ flying time as a pilot in charge of a powered aircraft
  • 25 hours’ flying time as a pilot in charge of the type of aircraft being used.

A powered aircraft instructor must have completed a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and be able to provide the certificate number and date of issue.

The pilot should brief participants on:

  • the use of safety and other equipment
  • the purpose of the flight
  • sensations likely to be experienced when flying.

Activities involving powered aircraft must be undertaken using the standards and controls laid down by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and must take place at a CAA-approved site.

Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

How many adults are needed?

Use this calculator to find out the ratio of girls to adults that is required for this activity

2 adults needed


  • An Activity Information and Consent form is required to participate in this activity - PDF | Word
  • A Risk Assessment form is required for this activity - PDF

Remember - you can use one consent form for multiple activities