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Jul 20

It’s a yes from me! : Find out why we’ve got the X Factor at our PPL(H) Open Day

Next month we will be holding our 8th PPL(H) Open Day, a chance for all budding pilots out there to come along and turn that lifelong dream of learning to fly a helicopter into reality. These events are always a huge success and the perfect opportunity for anyone with their sights set on becoming a…
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14
Jul 20

Life after lockdown : Amidst all the face coverings and hand sanitiser there is still nothing on earth gives you the feeling of freedom that flying does

And we’re back! After 14 long weeks of flight training lockdown, we are finally back in the flying school and the cockpit. Before we commenced flight training, we spent some time prepping the flying school for the new normal. But what does the ‘new normal’ mean for us? Using government guidelines and working on ways…
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29
Jun 20

Capt White’s final instalment of our EPIC UK trip 2019 : Cruising the East Coast at 2,000ft; Beaches, Beccles and back home

DAY FIVE – Distance approx. 360 nautical miles (4 hours flying time) Day 5 – The Finale! We woke up to a beautiful day at Eshott Hall, the sun was shining with blue, blue sky as far as the eye could see! Couldn’t be more different to yesterday’s dismal start. Capt. Storey was up at…
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22
Jun 20

Day 4 aka The BIG one – Looking for Mountains, Monsters, Wizards and so many bridges!

DAY FOUR – Distance approx. 500 nautical miles (5-6 hours flying time) Day 4 was a BIG day, we had to cover over 500 nautical miles! It was set to be a long but exciting day for the all pilots. It was an early start at Warwick Hall and after a super breakfast, it was…
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15
Jun 20

Caernarfon to Carlisle : Castles, Viaducts, Lakes and Crashing a Wedding… A day to remember!

DAY THREE – Distance approx. 260 nautical miles (3 hours flying time) We set off from Caernarfon airport around 11am it was a relatively short day so was good to get a couple of hours admin done before we departed. Our destination today was Warwick Hall, near Carlisle. Some of the group planned to stop off at…
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08
Jun 20

From Beach to Mountains – Day Two Padstow to Caernarfon! Capt. Paul White continues his memoirs of our UK trip 2019

DAY TWO - After breakfast, TEAM 44 showed us all up by heading off for some exercise Matt took the opportunity to do his usual morning run and Lee headed for the beach (must be all that time he's spent in Australia). We met up at Padstow Harbour and took the ferry across to Rock…
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01
Jun 20

4 helis, 3 instructors, 3 pilots and 2 students & 400 nautical miles – Capt White relives Day One of our epic UK trip 2019

DAY ONE - Distance approx. 400 nautical miles (4-5 hours flying time) On Monday 17th June 2019 everyone taking part in this incredible trip met around 8:30am at Elstree for a bit of preflight refreshment, get in to our 'teams', check the aircraft and finalise our flight plans for the day ahead!   “Ever since…
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17
May 20

Need Hotel-Echo-Lima-Papa learning to use the Radio? : Capt White’s guide to perfecting your RT

One of the key aspects in learning to fly is one that is often forgotten about as it comes so naturally to all those experienced pilots out there. Initially though student pilots, including myself face the topic of this week’s blog with in trepidation. ...Talking on the Radio.... As a child, I used cups on…
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05
May 20

METARs, TAFs and rainfall radars – How to predict the weather

According to the Met Office's Meteorological Glossary, Meteorology is "the science of the atmosphere... embracing both weather and climate. It is concerned with the physical, dynamical and chemical state of the earth's atmosphere (and those of the planets), and with the interactions between the earth's atmosphere and the underlying surface." Well that would certainly be a lot to…
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06
Apr 20

As Seen on Screen – The JetRanger : Birgit’s Flying Diary continues as she talks about flying the ‘Belle‘ of the blue the B206!

As you may have seen via our social media we have now added a B206 also known as a JetRanger to our ATO portfolio. So why did we decide to add another turbine to the flying school and what’s the big deal? They are generally bigger and heavier with the added bonus of carrying more…
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