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Dec 17

Flying trial lessons – The thrill of customers flying a helicopter for the first time!

As it’s coming up to that time of year and we’ve just launched our Christmas offers, this week’s blog post is all about what it’s like to fly one of our trial lessons. We offer something a little bit different from your average helicopter tour as our experience gives you the chance to have a…
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Nov 17

Choosing your instructor – Finding your perfect flying partner

Having looked at what it takes to add it to your licence, this week I wanted to ask what is it that actually makes a good Flight Instructor? Experience? Qualifications? Knowledge? Patience? Personally I did discover that one instructor who really understood my motivation and who I learnt the most from, but I was also…
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20
Nov 17

Student to Instructor – Courses, requirements and training

Having previously looked at gaining a Commercial License, this week we wanted to take it one step further and tackle becoming a Flight Instructor. If you have ever wanted to teach others or pass on your love of aviation then maybe this one is for you... This post will be similar to the Commercial one…
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13
Nov 17

‘Higher education’ – How to study smarter for your CPL exams

Last week I looked at hour and training requirements for gaining your Commercial Pilots License. We saw to gain your CPL, there are, among other things, theoretical examinations that need to be passed. For some these exams can be quite daunting, so I wanted to take a closer look at what is involved in the…
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06
Nov 17

CPL – Flying for a Living

Once you have gained your PPL(H) perhaps you are now considering flying as a career rather than hobby (see previous blog), your first step will be to start hour building and looking to commence training for your Commercial Helicopter License or CPL(H). Already holding a PPL(H) means you will need to undertake what is known…
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18
Oct 17

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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16
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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09
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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02
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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