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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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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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“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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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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3 PPL(H) Skills Tests, 1 Type Rating and a QXC in just 2 weeks! Does success breed success? : The importance of celebrating the success of our students and why they continue to fly with us beyond their PPL(H)

As we were posting Capt. Hubbard’s congratulations post on to our social media on Friday I found myself wondering how to make this sound unique and realised that it was a fantastic problem to have… so many success stories that we were struggling to find new ways to say WELL DONE!   In the space…
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Flying Pig & Elstree Helicopters are going on tour! – Join us on our epic flying school 5 day trip around the UK #HelisOnTour

Excitement was aplenty last week as we prepared the Heli’s, all serviced and ready to go; routes mapped out and destinations finalised as this week sees the arrival of the hotly anticipated ‘Around the Uk Tour’ 4 Helicopters have taken to the sky and are making their way around our green and pleasant land! Arranging…
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F is for Free Ground School and making learning Fun – As Luther Vandross said “The best things in life are free” and our bi-weekly Ground School is no exception!

When you embark on the journey of gaining a PPL (H) the fear of the unknown is very rarely the flying, which has the fun factor, It is usually the thought of having to sit some challenging exams! Here at Elstree and Flying Pig Helicopters, our founder Capt Paul White, came up with the ingenious…
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“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow” : The importance of Pilot Standardisation Meetings and how they ensure our students get the most out of their training

The phrase ‘Aviate, navigate, communicate ‘ is commonplace amongst Pilots, recommending that whilst in the air you concentrate on flying the aircraft, with navigation as a secondary focus and then fit in communication when it doesn’t interfere. On the ground,  team communication  is  key to ensuring our students get the best training they can and the most…
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Capt. Neil’s Flying Days : My QXC or Solo Land Away – A test of your planning ability, aircraft management, decision making and of course safety!

Preparing for my solo Qualifying Cross Country (QXC).  For those who are unsure what I mean, the regulations in the UK say that in order to qualify for your Private Pilots License in a helicopter you must complete a syllabus set out by the authority – in our case EASA, part of which is your…
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Behind the scenes at Flying Pig Helicopters: Meet Harriet our Training Liaison Manager! What does a Training Liaison Manager do and how can it benefit you the student?

The role of Training Liaison Manager is a fun and fulfilling one. As a Mum I think I was made for the job of organising, managing and nurturing each and every student on their PPL H journey! My enthusiasm for talking a new student through the Training programme/process has not waned in the 5 years…
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