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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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Self Fly Hire – Now you can fly, where will you go?

In my one of my previous posts I talked about life after PPL and looked at flying for fun after you have your licence. A great way to do this is through Self Fly Hire (or SFH for short) – Renting an aircraft and flying either on your own or with friends and family. This…
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High School to Flying School – University vs PPL

At this time of the year when everyone is going back to school or university, 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 a degree course with…
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Getting it right if things go wrong – Learning emergency procedures

As I talked about last week in my post about QXC, it is important to have a good knowledge of emergency procedures. As pilots we spend lots of our time practicing these, so I wanted therefore to dedicate a whole post to them and review some of the key points - starting with where they…
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The 6P’s – How best to prepare for your exams

Capt. Picot-Watson has covered the basics of learning how to fly, this week we move onto something more theoretical- preparing for your exams. As for the 6P's ... google it. When learning to fly, we are often all consumed by wanting to be in the helicopter all the time. However, it is not just physical…
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A to B and back again – Learning how to navigate

Capt. Naomi is back with a new blog post talking about the trials and tribulations of navigation and pre-flight planning. The next step in reaching a Private Pilot’s License is completing navigation exercises i.e flying from A to B and back again – first with an instructor on board and eventually solo! Personally, I have…
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Going Solo – the Ups and Downs of learning how to hover

Following last weeks blog about how she became interested in flying helicopters, Capt. Naomi returns this week, talking about the very beginning of her training. Once I had started training, I of course wanted to be in the helicopter 24/7! Unfortunately with the thrill of flying comes the need for knowledge, so I set about…
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West Country, Isle of Wight, France – Fun places to fly!

The great thing about flying helicopters is their ability to land in diverse areas that don’t necessarily have a runway. Now of course there are risks that need to be taken in to account before just taking off into the unknown. Surrounding airspace, accessibility, obstacles and power requirements are just some of the many things…
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Cabri Day

Last year when we received our first Guimbal Cabri G2 we celebrated by hosting an open day  so we could not think of any better way to celebrate the arrival of our second. There was food, fun and flying. We offered trial lessons all day at a special rate to give an opportunity to pilots, students…
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