Are your children fed up of being told to keep their feet on the ground? – Inspire them to become helicopter pilots with our junior pilot day.
There is a lot of discussion in aviation as to how young you can be to fly a helicopter. Here at Flying Pig we think you are (within reason) NEVER too young to enjoy flying a helicopter especially! In the UK, you must be 16 years old to be allowed to fly a helicopter solo, 17 years old to get your PPL(H) and 18 years old to get your CPL(H). However, we believe the younger you start, the higher you will achieve! We have experiences for children as young as 10yrs to inspire and encourage a passion for aviation from a young age.
Uni vs Flying School
Many school leavers are now opting for flight training instead of a University degree if they are considering a career in aviation. Whilst University is a must for some, you may find that to progress in a piloting profession that a degree may not be the best path. Training to be a Pilot could save a small fortune and allow them to be earning long before their friends graduate! Student loans means that the average university leaver has a debt of around £45,000; training to be a helicopter pilot costs about half that at Flying Pig. Fees can be paid in manageable, pay-as-you-train rates to suit all budgets and they should have a Private Licence within two years.
Here’s a few suggestions of potential careers in aviation:
- Instructing – Helicopter pilot instructors teach other budding would be pilots to gain their license, first a Private licence PPL and then potentially a commercial licence. Typical duties will include delivering board briefings and relevant ground training to groups of student pilots, maintaining a high standard of student reports, assessments and records, monitor and guide student progress through the training curriculum to ensure all course requirements are met. These pilots teach people how to fly because they want to share their passion for aviation!
- Examining – The job of an Examiner is to assess students to ensure that they have had all the appropriate training and knowledge to gain their PPL (H) and continue to make sure high standards are achieved in the yearly Proficiency Check.
- Commercial Pilot –Commercial pilots mayfly private customers; they may taxi corporate executives from city to city, transport professional sports teams to their next games or take celebrities to a movie shoot. Working for smaller companies/private owners allows for greater career autonomy.
- Police– In most metropolitan areas, helicopter police predominate because of their enhanced manoeuvrability. If you were to look at a career in this area you would assist in traffic control, fugitive pursuits and riot control. These units also provide additional security at major events and assist in the deployment of special units like SWAT and counter-terrorism.
- Air ambulance – The air ambulance team operate life-saving missions across the UK’s most stunning, but often challenging terrain. These pilots have to be exceptionally disciplined only to fly when safe to do so; unfavourable conditions, where seconds could make the difference between life and death cannot be flown which makes it a pressured, but very rewarding job.
- Military – Whilst there is a fair bit of competition to become a Military pilot, job opportunities include that of a fast-jet pilot- conducting air-to-air combat or ground attack missions, multi-engine transport pilots who fly military support and deliver humanitarian aid – helicopter duties range from ferrying troops into combat to delivering equipment and supplies
- Search & rescue– In most areas search and rescue teams operate in a wide range of environments, from mountains to the sea, urban areas to combat zones. These pilots are highly trained to fly particularly powerful helicopters in e.g mountain , cave or maritime rescue. SAR operations are perhaps the ultimate test of professionalism and skill for helicopter pilots.
What inspired our pilots?
“For me, it was watching Airwolf (the 80s TV series) and seeing a helicopter for real take off and land at a country fair made me realise this was in fact a possibility and not just a fantasy.” Capt. Paul White
“When I was child, I always dreamed of becoming a helicopter pilot and if you ask my mum, she would say I always had an interest in flying.” Capt. Birgit Kreutzer
How can we inspire others?
Because we love to inspire and encourage the next generation of pilots, this Winter we are offering another Junior Pilot day! This experience could inspire your child to become a budding pilot and set them on an exciting and rewarding career path! For £178 your budding pilot will have a 30min trial lesson in our Robinson R22, they will tour the aerodrome, learn about how helicopter works, there will be some ground based flying fun with an RC Heli master class. At the end of the day your budding pilot will receive a certificate of achievement and a printed photo! This experience is being held on Tuesday 18th February 2020 and is an unmissable opportunity for young people from 10-16 years to see what pilot life is really like. Full details for the day are available on our website. Bookings for this incredible experience are only being taken by phone so please call 0207 118 8998