Upcoming Events & News


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…
Read more

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…
Read more

“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…
Read more

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,…
Read more

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,…
Read more

TEM – Understanding Threat and Error Management

Threat and Error Management or TEM is a term well known in aviation as an approach to manage issues during flight so that they don’t impact safety. It assumes that everyone naturally makes mistakes, but that with training we may be able to better detect and respond to the factors leading up to them. We…
Read more

Being an Aviator : PIC Licensed to fly

Repetition is the keyword in many aspects of becoming a good helicopter pilot. It is not only about being good at flying the helicopter it is more about being a good aviator. So what does being an aviator mean? The list is long and I do not think that there is only one answer to…
Read more

Who, Where, What – Learning to communicate on the radio

Over the past weeks Capt. Picot-Watson has told us of her time learning to Aviate and to Navigate. Well this week we find out how she learnt to Communicate. One of the key aspects to learning to fly is actually one that is often forgotten about as it comes so naturally to all those experienced…
Read more