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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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“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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Are you destined to be a pilot? Do you have a March, April, May birthday? Spring babies are born to fly!

It’s not just HM The Queen that celebrates her birthday in Spring! Here at Flying Pig we’ve noticed a  trend! It seems Spring Babies are most likely to find themselves gravitating towards Aviation. We celebrate no less than 24 birthdays in the Spring season, from Company Founder Paul White, to the office staff and Instructors,…
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Welcome to the Flying Family Capt. Neil Day!

In December we welcomed Capt. Neil Day to the Flying Family! Neil is a highly-experienced Flying Instructor and Flight Examiner and we are thrilled to have him on board. This week, we learn about Neil's journey to becoming a Helicopter Pilot. "I am not sure when my love for helicopters started; I know that from…
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Introducing Capt. Peter Wiuff – My inspiration for learning to fly helicopters

My dad has always told me inspiring stories from his time in the army flying helicopters. He flew in the OH-6 Cayuse on a various amount of missions such as searching for people, NOE flying (Nap Of the Earth), and insertion of troops on rooftops. These stories were and still are very inspiring to me…
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‘Higher education’ – How to study smarter for your CPL exams

Last week I looked at hour and training requirements for gaining your Commercial Pilots License. We saw to gain your CPL, there are, among other things, theoretical examinations that need to be passed. For some these exams can be quite daunting, so I wanted to take a closer look at what is involved in the…
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CPL – Flying for a Living

Once you have gained your PPL(H) perhaps you are now considering flying as a career rather than hobby (see previous blog), your first step will be to start hour building and looking to commence training for your Commercial Helicopter License or CPL(H). Already holding a PPL(H) means you will need to undertake what is known…
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Time flies – hour building after ppl

So far we have discussed a lot of the opportunities available after gaining your PPL, including career vs hobby, type conversions and Self Fly Hire. In this post I will be taking a look at the pathway to many of these options – hour building. Building your hours is a great way to increase your…
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