At FSElite, we’re always trying to find new ways to inspire and bring people the best content across the community. We love flight simulation, but what inspires many of us to simulate is flying in the real-world. That’s why trying to inspire people to go beyond the screen is one of our most important goals for the year. With that in mind, we have been working hard to work with partners across the world to make that a reality for many.
To help achieve this goal, we have been working with a variety of partners to make this a reality. The first of those partners is Wingly. We reached out to Wingly a few months back seeking ways in which we could work together to provide content for the community and also some insight into how it could benefit the flight simmer at home. Luckily our goals were aligned and so we began working together. In this Original piece, hopefully, you will learn a bit about the company, what it is like to fly with them and also how it can benefit both the real-world pilot and the simmer.
For the purposes of full transparency, Wingly provided FSElite with 2 free seats on a 30-minute tour in the North of England. In exchange, we have provided our experience with their services along with a discount coupon for the Flight Simulation community to take advantage of.
What is Wingly?
In summary, Wingly is a flight-sharing platform, which gives both pilots and passengers an affordable way to fly.
Wingly work with a community of over 300,000 members all signed up and using their services. Although based in France, Wingly works with pilots, flying schools and general aviation airfields in the UK. In total, customers will be able to choose from over 130 general aviation fields across the UK, taking advantage of the 10,000 pilots who have already signed up to Wingly. Wingly supports both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.
For Pilots, it is an easy and safe way to share the cost of flying across the number of passengers taken to the air. It’s not an opportunity for a pilot to profit, but make the cost of flying significantly cheaper. This means building upon hours or simply enjoying the hobby becomes a lot more affordable and also varied.
For passengers, Wingly can also be used as your chance to experience sightseeing tours or even going on day-trips across the country and parts of Europe quickly and in style. Flying low and slow (or high and fast) gives you the perfect photo capturing opportunity and a day to remember. I was lucky enough to have a sight-seeing flight near Birmingham in the UK for 30 minutes, with stunning and breath-taking views. I’ll talk about that experience below.
Whilst it may seem daunting getting into an aircraft with someone unknown, Wingly provides multiple layers of protection for both passengers and pilots. Each pilot must upload their licenses and medical reports, which are then verified by Wingly themselves for credibility. Just like pilots, passengers must also verify their identity so that everyone going up in a plane knows that they are flying with the person they say they are. Furthermore, all flights conducted through the Wingly service are insured by Allianz.
What’s important to note for both pilots and passengers is that these are non-commercial flights and thus, no one is under an obligation to fly. If you, as a pilot, feel it isn’t safe to fly, then you can cancel the flight. Passengers will then get a full reimbursement.