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15
Oct 18

Flight Instructor Vacancy for Busy ATO

Another Flight Instructor Required We are looking for another flight instructor to join our busy ATO based at Elstree Aerodrome! If you are interested please send us your CV and a short paragraph explaining why you would like to work with Flying Pig & Elstree Helicopters. Please email our Head of Training at paulwhite@flyingpighelicopters.co.uk
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08
Oct 18

METARS, TAFs and Rainfall Radars – Decoding The Weather

After Saturday's unfortunate deluge forced us to reschedule our Open Day, and we are all hoping for sun and blue skies 365 days of the year, I thought I’d talk about weather. Unfortunately, in the UK, the weather is not perfect; we often have fog, low cloud and rainy days to deal with. Before we…
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03
Oct 18

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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02
Oct 18

21st Century Helicopter – All about the Cabri G2

With our October Open Day just 4 days away 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 Robinson.…
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28
Sep 18

Start Your Turbine Adventure in an R66 Helicopter – The Rolls Royce of the Family Robinson

First certified by the FAA in 2010 and 4 years later by EASA in 2014, Robinson has now built around 750 R66 helicopters selling them all over the world. With an R66 joining our fleet shortly we wanted to take a closer look at the Robinson R66 and see what all the fuss is about.…
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19
Sep 18

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 March we held our 4th 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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20
Aug 18

The Secret of Triumph is Perseverance – Perseverance is the key to success when working towards your PPL

There are many major landmarks to celebrate throughout training – hovering unaided, first solo, first cross country flight, qualifying cross country, exam passes and finally your license skills test. Some milestones, like your LST, require build up and lots of preparation but some, like hovering just click into place with practice. All are great achievements…
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13
Aug 18

Droning on About Safety – Encouraging Education and Regulation for Drones

Drones are becoming more and more popular in our society for many reasons; mainly because the technology is advancing and they are cheaper to buy. Getting movie shots of your house or getting a fly-over shot of yourself out in the landscape has seemed only possible if you knew someone with a helicopter or a…
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07
Aug 18

Heat, Helicopters and the IMSAFE Rule – How to Keep Cool in the Cockpit

We should never complain about the nice sunny weather… except when it is boiling hot! In the morning before each flying day begins we always check the weather, and one of the first items on the weather briefing is temperature. The temperature affects both the pilots and the helicopters themselves. There is a tool that…
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31
Jul 18

What is the Role of Ground Crew? Dedicated to Keeping You Safe Before & After Your Flight!

Behind every successful flying school there are hard-working Ground Crew dedicated to the safety of everyone that walks through the door. Ground Handlers in particular carry some of the heavy responsibilities as they escort first-time-flyers airside and conduct changeovers with the rotors running! Ground Handling is predominantly about three things: The first (and most important)…
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