ABOVE: Spitfire rides will also be available via new training provider Aero Legends.

Flying training has recommenced at Compton Abbas airfield following a period of refurbishment, with a new school launched by Aero Legends.

When the facility’s previous owners – the Hughes family – announced they would be stepping down following a 35-year tenure, film director Guy Ritche’s Ashcombe Estates stepped in to purchase the airfield. Following the announcement in October 2022, the site was temporarily closed in February of this year to allow for renovation work.

With the café and club now both open again, Aero Legends – who are expanding their Kent-based operations – have commenced their role as the airfield’s new training provider. “Going forward you can expect the same flight training courses, course material, aircraft types, similar fees and undoubtedly some familiar faces”, note the school. Training will be overseen by Aero Legends CFI Charlie Brown, a highly experienced ex-RAF pilot who has been a QFI since 2000.

Compton Abbas airfield is located about three miles south of the Dorset town of Shaftesbury and features an 800m long grass runway. In an earlier letter detailing his plans for the site, Ritchie noted that Ashcombe Estates had “identified Aero Legends as having the required experience, expertise and track record to deliver exceptional flying training to the highest levels of safety and standards”.