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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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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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Spring Success at Saturday’s Open Day

Last Saturday we held our 6th Annual PPL(H) Open Day and what a fantastic day it turned out to be! With perfect flying conditions we managed to meet and greet many new budding pilots, eager to know more about learning to fly. All four helicopters had their moment in the spotlight throughout the day, with…
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Hey Mr Robinson won’t you fly for me – Taking a closer look at the R22 and R44

Often when looking at which helicopter to start flight training in, 3 helicopters are among the most popular – Cabri G2, R44, and R22.  With over 10,000 having been produced since 1979, today I wanted to take a closer look at deciding between 2 of them - the Robinson R22 & R44 - as both…
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The Flying Pig Av-Vent Calendar: 24 Amazing deals to get your Christmas off to a flying start

It’s the most wonderful time of the year with Christmas just around the corner so we wanted to help get your Christmas shopping off to a flying start by introducing the Flying Pig Av-Vent Calendar for the first time ever! This year, we have put together 24 unmissable deals especially with Christmas Shoppers in mind…
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From Dawn ’til Dusk – Keeping your eye on the clocks and what to do when flying by night

As you probably already know pilots rely a lot on vision when they fly, like most of us do in everyday life. It is the main sense that we use. So does this then mean that we cannot fly at night? Of course not, but there are some limitations we have as humans. Vision, as…
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The Digital Age – Propelling Helicopters into the Twenty First Century

As technology is progressing it is affecting us all more and more every day and it does also affect helicopters. The industry has evolved in many areas starting with one of the more obvious things - going from analogue to digital screens. A good way to illustrate this is by taking a look at the…
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METARS, TAFs and Rainfall Radars – Decoding The Weather

After Saturday's unfortunate deluge forced us to reschedule our Open Day, and we are all hoping for sun and blue skies 365 days of the year, I thought I’d talk about weather. Unfortunately, in the UK, the weather is not perfect; we often have fog, low cloud and rainy days to deal with. Before we…
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The Secret of Triumph is Perseverance – Perseverance is the key to success when working towards your PPL

There are many major landmarks to celebrate throughout training – hovering unaided, first solo, first cross country flight, qualifying cross country, exam passes and finally your license skills test. Some milestones, like your LST, require build up and lots of preparation but some, like hovering just click into place with practice. All are great achievements…
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