Upcoming Events & News


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…
Read more

“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…
Read more

“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…
Read more

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…
Read more

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…
Read more

New skills and sightseeing thrills – Learn to fly the London Heli-Lanes

After you gain your license, you may be looking for a new challenge and flying the Heli-Lanes through London may provide you just that. You can fly through the centre of London, in a single engine helicopter enjoying the views of Canary Wharf, the London Eye, Tower and Vauxhall Bridge and of course the River…
Read more

Feeling ‘swamped’ by CPL course? – Top tips from Capt. Peter Wiuff on how to cope with your commercial exams

The PPL had been conquered and we were given a week off. Not a week of relaxing in the warm Florida sun but a week of preparing for the first sets of EASA CPL Exams. It was 7 Exams out of a total of 14. The pressure was on but the thing that helped me…
Read more

Good decisions make good pilots – Capt. Peter Wiuff talks about passing his ppl(h)

Everything was going according to plan and I was on track with reaching my next goal of getting my Private Pilot License (PPL). When you are doing your training it can be quite intense at times and there is a lot of stuff to take in especially Flight Exercises. Most training days are great and…
Read more

Live the Dream, Fly Helicopters – PPL Open Day 24th March 2018

Last week I spoke about introducing your Mum to helicopter flying, but what if it’s you that is serious about learning to fly? Let’s assume that you have already weighed up your options and pretty much decided that you do want to go ahead and start, but now you are hit with lots of decisions…
Read more

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…
Read more