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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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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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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,…
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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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21st Century Helicopter – All about the Cabri G2

With our March Open Day in just over a week 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…
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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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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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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…
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