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May 18

Being an Aviator : PIC Licensed to fly

Repetition is the keyword in many aspects of becoming a good helicopter pilot. It is not only about being good at flying the helicopter it is more about being a good aviator. So what does being an aviator mean? The list is long and I do not think that there is only one answer to…
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Apr 18

New skills and sightseeing thrills – Learn to fly the London Heli-Lanes

After you gain your license, you may be looking for a new challenge and flying the Heli-Lanes through London may provide you just that. You can fly through the centre of London, in a single engine helicopter enjoying the views of Canary Wharf, the London Eye, Tower and Vauxhall Bridge and of course the River…
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Apr 18

It’s not all gold bars and raybans – a day in the life of a helicopter instructor

A day as a flight instructor can be eventful and busy, so I thought maybe you’d be curious to know what we get up to at Flying Pig and Elstree Helicopters. Here is an insight into a fairly varied but quite typical day as a Flight Instructor.   08:30 I arrive into work an hour…
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Apr 18

Proper Prior Planning – Capt Peter shares his flight preparation techniques during his CPL training

After I passed the PPL exam and started to work towards my Commercial rating the flight exercises really did not change that much. The biggest thing that changed was the precision of each manoeuvre - the instructor is expecting you to be on point with all the exercises and every flight is a steep learning…
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Apr 18

Feeling ‘swamped’ by CPL course? – Top tips from Capt. Peter Wiuff on how to cope with your commercial exams

The PPL had been conquered and we were given a week off. Not a week of relaxing in the warm Florida sun but a week of preparing for the first sets of EASA CPL Exams. It was 7 Exams out of a total of 14. The pressure was on but the thing that helped me…
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Mar 18

Good decisions make good pilots – Capt. Peter Wiuff talks about passing his ppl(h)

Everything was going according to plan and I was on track with reaching my next goal of getting my Private Pilot License (PPL). When you are doing your training it can be quite intense at times and there is a lot of stuff to take in especially Flight Exercises. Most training days are great and…
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Mar 18

Introducing Capt. Peter Wiuff – My inspiration for learning to fly helicopters

My dad has always told me inspiring stories from his time in the army flying helicopters. He flew in the OH-6 Cayuse on a various amount of missions such as searching for people, NOE flying (Nap Of the Earth), and insertion of troops on rooftops. These stories were and still are very inspiring to me…
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Mar 18

Made to measure – Your perfect fit flying school

There’s always talk about choosing the right flight school for you when deciding to begin flight training; There’s always talk about choosing the right flight school for you when deciding to begin flight training; making sure the school, the people, the helicopters, and the course are right for you. But how do we, the school,…
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05
Mar 18

Live the Dream, Fly Helicopters – PPL Open Day 24th March 2018

Last week I spoke about introducing your Mum to helicopter flying, but what if it’s you that is serious about learning to fly? Let’s assume that you have already weighed up your options and pretty much decided that you do want to go ahead and start, but now you are hit with lots of decisions…
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Feb 18

High Flying Mums – Spoil your Mum this year with the best Mother’s Day gift ever!!

So we took a little blog break over the Valentines period but this week we’re back and ready to talk about introducing that other someone special to the thrill of flying in a helicopter.  Often to this person we give material gifts; flowers, bubbly, or a box of chocolates to show our thanks. But what…
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