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Dec 18

The Flying Pig Av-Vent Calendar: 24 Amazing deals to get your Christmas off to a flying start

It’s the most wonderful time of the year with Christmas just around the corner so we wanted to help get your Christmas shopping off to a flying start by introducing the Flying Pig Av-Vent Calendar for the first time ever! This year, we have put together 24 unmissable deals especially with Christmas Shoppers in mind…
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Nov 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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Nov 18

Baby It’s Cold Outside – Helicopters are always cool but when the weather deteriorates into sub zero how do we keep ourselves and the aircraft performing at our best?

The days are getting shorter, the trees are changing colour, and the temperature is dropping. It is getting to that time of year where we need to get our winter coats out! What kind of effect does the temperature drop have on helicopters? A good place to start is looking at the weather itself and…
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Nov 18

From Dawn ’til Dusk – Keeping your eye on the clocks and what to do when flying by night

As you probably already know pilots rely a lot on vision when they fly, like most of us do in everyday life. It is the main sense that we use. So does this then mean that we cannot fly at night? Of course not, but there are some limitations we have as humans. Vision, as…
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Oct 18

The Digital Age – Propelling Helicopters into the Twenty First Century

As technology is progressing it is affecting us all more and more every day and it does also affect helicopters. The industry has evolved in many areas starting with one of the more obvious things - going from analogue to digital screens. A good way to illustrate this is by taking a look at the…
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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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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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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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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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