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Oct 17

Stop, Look & Listen – The CAA Awareness Course

This week’s post tackles something a little bit different and is aimed towards everybody from budding pilots to those already qualified. In the recent autumn edition of Rotor Torque (a quarterly publication produced by The Helicopter Club of Great Britain), an article called ‘Back to School’ was published - discussing the CAA’s plans to tackle…
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Oct 17

21st Century Helicopter – All about the Cabri G2

For most student pilots the choice of training helicopter is limited to a few common ones - namely Robinson. Occasionally an Enstrom or a S300 may be offered but in general the R22 and R44 have the training market covered. Until it would seem, the Cabri G2 came along. The Guimbal Cabri G2 is a…
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Oct 17

Time flies – hour building after ppl

So far we have discussed a lot of the opportunities available after gaining your PPL, including career vs hobby, type conversions and Self Fly Hire. In this post I will be taking a look at the pathway to many of these options – hour building. Building your hours is a great way to increase your…
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Sep 17

Eenie, Meenie, Minie, Mo – Type Conversions, which helicopter will you fly today?

Having most likely completed your training for PPL in just one aircraft, you may be looking for your next challenge or to add to your repertoire. If this is the case then you might want to think about doing a type conversion. Under European Rules, there is a requirement to be rated on an aircraft…
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Sep 17

Self Fly Hire – Now you can fly, where will you go?

In my one of my previous posts I talked about life after PPL and looked at flying for fun after you have your licence. A great way to do this is through Self Fly Hire (or SFH for short) – Renting an aircraft and flying either on your own or with friends and family. This…
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Sep 17

High School to Flying School – University vs PPL

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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Sep 17

Life after PPL – The sky’s the limit

Whether you have always known what you want from your license or whether it takes you until you are a fully qualified pilot and holding that well deserved piece of paper in your hands, life after your PPL can take you down different paths. The two big choices I want to focus on in this…
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Aug 17

Become a Captain – Passing your PPL(H)

Once you have all the required experience, have passed the theoretical exams, (as well as the radiotelephony test) and your flying is up to a good proficiency, the final hurdle is passing a Skills Test with an Examiner. The aim of test is for you to demonstrate that you can act competently as Pilot in…
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Aug 17

Getting it right if things go wrong – Learning emergency procedures

As I talked about last week in my post about QXC, it is important to have a good knowledge of emergency procedures. As pilots we spend lots of our time practicing these, so I wanted therefore to dedicate a whole post to them and review some of the key points - starting with where they…
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Aug 17

Pilot in Command – Demonstrating your piloting skills during your Qualifying Cross-Country flight

In my previous post – ‘A to B and back again – Learning how to Navigate’ – I talked about working your way up from your first solo to your first nav flight. By this point if you’re following along with the progress we’re making, you will have done a couple of these types of…
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