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Aug 19

From beach to mountains in a day: Day 2 from Padstow to Caernarfon! Capt. Paul White continues his memoirs of the UK trip

Day 2 - Tuesday 18th June After breakfast, Matt took the opportunity to do his usual morning run. Lee also headed off for a stroll on the beach (must be all that time in OZ 😉). We met up at Padstow Harbour and took the ferry across to Rock where after a glorious morning first…
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Aug 19

Classroom vs the Cockpit – Is learning to fly a realistic alternative to University when considering a career in aviation.

At this time of the year when everyone is going back to school or university, we thought it would be a good time to tackle the question of PPL(H) Vs University. If you’re about to finish Sixth Form this year then you could be reaching a defining moment – apply for a degree course with…
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Aug 19

4 helis, 3 instructors, 3 pilots and 2 students & 400 nautical miles in 1 day – Capt White’s relives Day One of the epic UK trip earlier this year

Day 1 - Distance approx. 400 nautical miles (4-5 hours flying time) On Monday 17th June those taking part in this incredible trip met up around 8:30am at Elstree for a bit of preflight refreshment, check the aircraft and to finalise our flight plans for the day ahead! The pilot teams were: Myself and Student Frank Capt Neil…
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Aug 19

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,…
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Jul 19

Heat, Helicopters and the IMSAFE Rule – How to Keep Your Cool in the Cockpit

We should never complain about the nice sunny weather… except when it is boiling hot! In the morning before each flying day begins we always check the weather, and one of the first items on the weather briefing is temperature. The temperature affects both the pilots and the helicopters themselves. There is a tool that…
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Jul 19

How to achieve your PPL – Perseverance is the key to success

There are many major landmarks to celebrate throughout training – hovering unaided, first solo, first cross country flight, qualifying cross country, exam passes and finally your license skills test. Some milestones, like your LST, require build up and lots of preparation but some, like hovering just click into place with practice. All are great achievements…
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Jul 19

Flying Pig ‘Do Breakfast’ : Successful 1st networking event paves the way for more

Our inaugural ‘Flying Pig Breakfast Club’ a networking event for business owners, entrepreneurs, executives and self-employed was held on Thursday last week. It was a small gathering but plenty of industry diversity present; Unsurprisingly Aviation, Locksmiths, Counselling, IT, Telecommunications, Cleaning, a Business Coach and a London Cabbie! Staff from our Marketing, Admin and Operations departments…
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15
Jul 19

3 PPL(H) Skills Tests, 1 Type Rating and a QXC in just 2 weeks! Does success breed success? : The importance of celebrating the success of our students and why they continue to fly with us beyond their PPL(H)

As we were posting Capt. Hubbard’s congratulations post on to our social media on Friday I found myself wondering how to make this sound unique and realised that it was a fantastic problem to have… so many success stories that we were struggling to find new ways to say WELL DONE!   In the space…
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01
Jul 19

Flying Pig launch their first networking event – Flying Pig breakfast club is an opportunity for business owners, entrepreneurs and execs to get together for breakfast, make connections and share experiences

Summer is here and with it our new venture - a networking event - Flying Pig Breakfast Club! Making use of our fabulous location at Elstree Aerodrome on Thursday 11th July between 8am-10am we will be holding our very first breakfast meeting at our rather unique family run helicopter flying school. What better surroundings to take a breath…
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Jun 19

Flying Pig & Elstree Helicopters are going on tour! – Join us on our epic flying school 5 day trip around the UK #HelisOnTour

Excitement was aplenty last week as we prepared the Heli’s, all serviced and ready to go; routes mapped out and destinations finalised as this week sees the arrival of the hotly anticipated ‘Around the Uk Tour’ 4 Helicopters have taken to the sky and are making their way around our green and pleasant land! Arranging…
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