Blog

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Apr 19

Are you destined to be a pilot? Do you have a March, April, May birthday? Spring babies are born to fly!

It’s not just HM The Queen that celebrates her birthday in Spring! Here at Flying Pig we’ve noticed a  trend! It seems Spring Babies are most likely to find themselves gravitating towards Aviation. We celebrate no less than 24 birthdays in the Spring season, from Company Founder Paul White, to the office staff and Instructors,…
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28
Mar 19

Spring Success at Saturday’s Open Day

Last Saturday we held our 6th Annual PPL(H) Open Day and what a fantastic day it turned out to be! With perfect flying conditions we managed to meet and greet many new budding pilots, eager to know more about learning to fly. All four helicopters had their moment in the spotlight throughout the day, with…
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21
Mar 19

Hey Mr Robinson won’t you fly for me – Taking a closer look at the R22 and R44

Often when looking at which helicopter to start flight training in, 3 helicopters are among the most popular – Cabri G2, R44, and R22.  With over 10,000 having been produced since 1979, today I wanted to take a closer look at deciding between 2 of them - the Robinson R22 & R44 - as both…
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18
Mar 19

Behind the scenes at Flying Pig Helicopters: Meet Harriet our Training Liaison Manager! What does a Training Liaison Manager do and how can it benefit you the student?

The role of Training Liaison Manager is a fun and fulfilling one. As a Mum I think I was made for the job of organising, managing and nurturing each and every student on their PPL H journey! My enthusiasm for talking a new student through the Training programme/process has not waned in the 5 years…
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13
Mar 19

21st Century Helicopter – All about the Cabri G2

With our March Open Day in just over a week let's take a closer look at the Guimbal Cabri G2 - what makes this new heli on the block so popular with student pilots and instructors alike? For most student pilots the choice of training helicopter is limited to a few common ones - namely…
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11
Mar 19

“Patting your head and rubbing your stomach whilst hopping on one foot with your eyes closed” – Handling the Hover!

I once had hovering described to me as being able to simultaneously pat my head and rub my stomach whilst hopping on one foot with my eyes closed! I found the initial lessons learning to hover were exhausting due to the concentration involved. I would find myself going home after the lesson and wanting to…
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04
Mar 19

Flying Pig Helicopters, It’s a yes from me – Find out why we’ve got the X Factor at our PPL(H) Open Day

In December we held our 5th PPL(H) Open Day, a chance for all you budding pilots out there to come along and turn that lifelong dream of learning to fly a helicopter into reality. It was a great success with many new students signing up to one of our PPL(H) training programmes on the day…
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04
Feb 19

The most romantic Valentine’s Day experiences that create extra special memories for you and your love

When it comes to spoiling your loved one for Valentine’s Day, nothing says ‘I Love You’ more than a romantic day flying helicopters, creating extra special memories with all the side trimmings of gifts and bubbly! After a nice Valentine’s lie-in, make your way to Elstree Aerodrome, perhaps for a delicious breakfast at our on-site…
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28
Jan 19

Capt. Neil’s Flying Days: Zero to Hero – Going Solo for the First Time

I remember my first flight in a helicopter like it was yesterday.  The Robinson R22 was the training school's primary machine and they operated 4 of them at that time.  I was introduced to my instructor and given a comprehensive briefing about how all the controls worked and of course how to remain safe during…
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17
Jan 19

West Country, Isle of Wight, France – Fun places to fly!

The great thing about flying helicopters is their ability to land in diverse areas that don’t necessarily have a runway. Now of course there are risks that need to be taken in to account before just taking off into the unknown. Surrounding airspace, accessibility, obstacles and power requirements are just some of the many things…
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