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Super Sue to the rescue – Student Sue swaps training in the R22 for a flight in the Jet Ranger

15th September 2020 There’s never a dull moment at Flying Pig (or with flying) and today was no exception. Arriving at 8.45 for my flying lesson that morning, in mist, scattered clouds at 200 feet, broken at 300 (Heathrow METAR) with no significant changes for 2 hours.  I was resigned to a no flight day. …
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Classroom vs the Cockpit – Is learning to fly a realistic alternative to University when considering a career in aviation.

At this time of the year when everyone is getting their exam results and wondering what to do next, we thought it would be a good time to tackle the question of PPL(H) Vs University. If you’re about to finish Sixth Form this year then you could be reaching a defining moment – apply for…
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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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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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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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It’s not all gold bars and raybans – a day in the life of a helicopter instructor

A day as a flight instructor can be eventful and busy, so I thought maybe you’d be curious to know what we get up to at Flying Pig and Elstree Helicopters. Here is an insight into a fairly varied but quite typical day as a Flight Instructor.   08:30 I arrive into work an hour…
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Made to measure – Your perfect fit flying school

There’s always talk about choosing the right flight school for you when deciding to begin flight training; There’s always talk about choosing the right flight school for you when deciding to begin flight training; making sure the school, the people, the helicopters, and the course are right for you. But how do we, the school,…
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Choosing your instructor – Finding your perfect flying partner

Having looked at what it takes to add it to your licence, this week I wanted to ask what is it that actually makes a good Flight Instructor? Experience? Qualifications? Knowledge? Patience? Personally I did discover that one instructor who really understood my motivation and who I learnt the most from, but I was also…
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Student to Instructor – Courses, requirements and training

Having previously looked at gaining a Commercial License, this week we wanted to take it one step further and tackle becoming a Flight Instructor. If you have ever wanted to teach others or pass on your love of aviation then maybe this one is for you... This post will be similar to the Commercial one…
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