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Dec 19

“I’m really flying it by myself” My training from Solo to PPL(H)

I started flying once a week, typically two 1 hour lessons a day as I was keen to keep the momentum, not leaving too long between lessons enabling me to keep all my newly found skills fresh. As you can imagine it didn’t take long for me to rack up the hours and able to…
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01
Dec 19

The Flying Pig AV-vent Calendar is back : 24 Amazing deals to get your Christmas off to a flying start

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas just around the corner so let us help you get your shopping off to a flying start with our AV-vent Calendar. This year the AV-vent Calendar is hiding another 24 unmissable deals. From discounts on trial lessons and experiences to FREE inflight footage. Ready to get…
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29
Nov 19

Capt. White hits 7000hrs : Where it all began… From falling in love to my first lesson

As far back as I can remember I've always had a passion for flying. Initially it was aeroplanes, simply because it was easy to make paper aeroplanes! As I got a little older I progressed from paper to model aeroplanes and later radio-controlled aeroplanes. I think I was 14 years old when I first took…
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12
Nov 19

“It really is the only way to travel”: Keen aviator Tim experiences the wonder of rotary flight during a recent trip to Isle of Wight via Le Touquet!

Having checked our passports and euros one last time, we took off from Elstree with Captain Langdon at the controls. Plan A had been to have lunch in Le Touquet but thick fog over Kent and across the Channel put paid to that and we diverted instead along the south coast, past Beachy Head and…
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21
Oct 19

How to pass your PPL Exams – Plenty of prep and a calming exam environment are key to success

As part of the requirements for an EASA PPL, you must successfully pass 9 multiple choice theory exams to ensure you have sufficient knowledge of all aspects associated with your flying. The pass mark for the exams is 75% and we conduct them in house here at Flying Pig & Elstree Helicopters. The 9 subjects…
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08
Oct 19

Leaving the circuit – Flying solo can be tricky enough but then you have to navigate too!

After mastering solo circuits, it was time to venture out by myself into the training area. This might seem quite straight forward, however from the air, everything looks different! Luckily for me, the area that I was training in had some gas pipelines that could be followed into and out of the training area, which…
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01
Oct 19

“Feel like flying by yourself today?” – Going solo for the first time

I still remember my first solo as if it were yesterday. It is such an achievement that I don’t think it’s something that will ever be forgotten. I had some idea on the day that it might happen as I’d been practicing circuits on the previous few lessons with my instructors, but this wasn’t confirmed…
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24
Sep 19

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

Day 5 – The Finale! We woke up to a beautiful day at Eshott Hall, the sun was shining, blue, blue sky! Couldn’t be more different to yesterday’s dismal start. Capt. Storey was up at crazy o’clock as usual for his run so once he returned, we had breakfast and finalised our flight plan.  …
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16
Sep 19

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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05
Sep 19

Day 4 aka The BIG one – 400nm looking for Mountains, Monsters, Wizards and so many bridges!

Day 4 was a BIG day, we had to cover over 400 nautical miles! It was definitely 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 straight to the helis and managed to get away by 9am.…
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