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Jun 20

4 helis, 3 instructors, 3 pilots and 2 students & 400 nautical miles – Capt White relives Day One of our epic UK trip 2019

DAY ONE - Distance approx. 400 nautical miles (4-5 hours flying time) On Monday 17th June 2019 everyone taking part in this incredible trip met around 8:30am at Elstree for a bit of preflight refreshment, get in to our 'teams', check the aircraft and finalise our flight plans for the day ahead!   “Ever since…
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May 20

Need Hotel-Echo-Lima-Papa learning to use the Radio? : Capt White’s guide to perfecting your RT

One of the key aspects in learning to fly is one that is often forgotten about as it comes so naturally to all those experienced pilots out there. Initially though student pilots, including myself face the topic of this week’s blog with in trepidation. ...Talking on the Radio.... As a child, I used cups on…
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05
May 20

METARs, TAFs and rainfall radars – How to predict the weather

According to the Met Office's Meteorological Glossary, Meteorology is "the science of the atmosphere... embracing both weather and climate. It is concerned with the physical, dynamical and chemical state of the earth's atmosphere (and those of the planets), and with the interactions between the earth's atmosphere and the underlying surface." Well that would certainly be a lot to…
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06
Apr 20

As Seen on Screen – The JetRanger : Birgit’s Flying Diary continues as she talks about flying the ‘Belle‘ of the blue the B206!

As you may have seen via our social media we have now added a B206 also known as a JetRanger to our ATO portfolio. So why did we decide to add another turbine to the flying school and what’s the big deal? They are generally bigger and heavier with the added bonus of carrying more…
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30
Mar 20

Fun, free PPL training from the comfort of your home as Ground School goes Virtual! – Keep your skills fresh and stay connected with One-to-One or weekly group sessions

When embarking on your PPL (H) journey, many of our students find the most daunting part of the training lies in the written element… THE EXAMS! One-to-One sessions with our instructors are popular for those who find it tough to get motivated to study alone but we realised that often simply by not being alone…
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02
Mar 20

Birgit’s Flying Diary: Two nations separated by a common language not always! Converting an FAA to EASA license

A lot of my students ask me what the difference is between flying in the US and flying in the UK. The flying part is not different at all, but the rules and regulations, that you follow as a pilot need quite a bit of practice to get used to. When I came back to…
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18
Feb 20

It’s still a yes from me – Find out why we’ve got the X Factor at one of our PPL(H) Open Days

Next month we will be holding our 8th PPL(H) Open Day, a chance for budding pilots out there to come along and turn that lifelong dream of learning to fly a helicopter into reality. These events are always a huge success with many new students signing up to one of our PPL(H) training programmes on…
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27
Jan 20

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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23
Jan 20

Birgit’s flying diary: My first solo “I just checked my instruments, focused on my controls and started slowly raising the collective…”

I was actually not prepared for it at all… I thought. I started my flight training in the beginning of April 2014, after having decided to do a full-time training from Private to Commercial License, Instrument rating and Flight Instructor rating. So, I was at the airfield every day, sometimes flying twice a day. It…
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06
Jan 20

Introducing Capt. Kreutzer: From a childhood dream of becoming a pilot to a career in medicine and back again… After a lifetime of learning it’s now my turn to be the teacher.

I was born and raised in the South West of Germany in a town near Stuttgart. 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. However, I never thought it would be possible for me because…
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