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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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16
Dec 19

Capt White hits 7000hrs : From building hours to building a Flying School

Having been through the PPL process and seen the passion my instructor JR had, it helped cement my career goal of opening my own flying school so my sights were well and truly set on becoming an instructor sooner rather than later. And once I started to take passengers it became even more apparent by…
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06
Dec 19

“I’m really flying it by myself” My training from Solo to PPL(H)

I started flying once a week, typically two 1 hour lessons a day as I was keen to keep the momentum, not leaving too long between lessons enabling me to keep all my newly found skills fresh. As you can imagine it didn’t take long for me to rack up the hours and able to…
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01
Dec 19

The Flying Pig AV-vent Calendar is back : 24 Amazing deals to get your Christmas off to a flying start

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas just around the corner so let us help you get your shopping off to a flying start with our AV-vent Calendar. This year the AV-vent Calendar is hiding another 24 unmissable deals. From discounts on trial lessons and experiences to FREE inflight footage. Ready to get…
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29
Nov 19

Capt. White hits 7000hrs : Where it all began… From falling in love to my first lesson

As far back as I can remember I've always had a passion for flying. Initially it was aeroplanes, simply because it was easy to make paper aeroplanes! As I got a little older I progressed from paper to model aeroplanes and later radio-controlled aeroplanes. I think I was 14 years old when I first took…
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12
Nov 19

“It really is the only way to travel”: Keen aviator Tim experiences the wonder of rotary flight during a recent trip to Isle of Wight via Le Touquet!

Having checked our passports and euros one last time, we took off from Elstree with Captain Langdon at the controls. Plan A had been to have lunch in Le Touquet but thick fog over Kent and across the Channel put paid to that and we diverted instead along the south coast, past Beachy Head and…
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21
Oct 19

How to pass your PPL Exams – Plenty of prep and a calming exam environment are key to success

As part of the requirements for an EASA PPL, you must successfully pass 9 multiple choice theory exams to ensure you have sufficient knowledge of all aspects associated with your flying. The pass mark for the exams is 75% and we conduct them in house here at Flying Pig & Elstree Helicopters. The 9 subjects…
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08
Oct 19

Leaving the circuit – Flying solo can be tricky enough but then you have to navigate too!

After mastering solo circuits, it was time to venture out by myself into the training area. This might seem quite straight forward, however from the air, everything looks different! Luckily for me, the area that I was training in had some gas pipelines that could be followed into and out of the training area, which…
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