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May 19

Understanding Aviation Medicals – Often pilots are thought of being in a different class but when it comes to a medical, which class is right for you?

The purpose of an Aviation Medical is to protect the life and health of pilots and passengers by making reasonable medical assurance that an individual is fit to fly. Pilots, air traffic controllers and cabin crew are all required to have a current aviation medical. Along with completing the Air Law and Human Performance exams,…
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13
May 19

F is for Free Ground School and making learning Fun – As Luther Vandross said “The best things in life are free” and our bi-weekly Ground School is no exception!

When you embark on the journey of gaining a PPL (H) the fear of the unknown is very rarely the flying, which has the fun factor, It is usually the thought of having to sit some challenging exams! Here at Elstree and Flying Pig Helicopters, our founder Capt Paul White, came up with the ingenious…
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07
May 19

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow” : The importance of Pilot Standardisation Meetings and how they ensure our students get the most out of their training

The phrase ‘Aviate, navigate, communicate ‘ is commonplace amongst Pilots, recommending that whilst in the air you concentrate on flying the aircraft, with navigation as a secondary focus and then fit in communication when it doesn’t interfere. On the ground,  team communication  is  key to ensuring our students get the best training they can and the most…
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01
May 19

Capt. Neil’s Flying Days : My QXC or Solo Land Away – A test of your planning ability, aircraft management, decision making and of course safety!

Preparing for my solo Qualifying Cross Country (QXC).  For those who are unsure what I mean, the regulations in the UK say that in order to qualify for your Private Pilots License in a helicopter you must complete a syllabus set out by the authority – in our case EASA, part of which is your…
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16
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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