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Super Sue to the rescue – Student Sue swaps training in the R22 for a flight in the Jet Ranger

15th September 2020 There’s never a dull moment at Flying Pig (or with flying) and today was no exception. Arriving at 8.45 for my flying lesson that morning, in mist, scattered clouds at 200 feet, broken at 300 (Heathrow METAR) with no significant changes for 2 hours.  I was resigned to a no flight day. …
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Classroom vs the Cockpit – Is learning to fly a realistic alternative to University when considering a career in aviation.

At this time of the year when everyone is getting their exam results and wondering what to do next, 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…
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Day 4 aka The BIG one – Looking for Mountains, Monsters, Wizards and so many bridges!

DAY FOUR – Distance approx. 500 nautical miles (5-6 hours flying time) Day 4 was a BIG day, we had to cover over 500 nautical miles! It was set to be a long but exciting day for the all pilots. It was an early start at Warwick Hall and after a super breakfast, it was…
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Caernarfon to Carlisle : Castles, Viaducts, Lakes and Crashing a Wedding… A day to remember!

DAY THREE – Distance approx. 260 nautical miles (3 hours flying time) We set off from Caernarfon airport around 11am it was a relatively short day so was good to get a couple of hours admin done before we departed. Our destination today was Warwick Hall, near Carlisle. Some of the group planned to stop off at…
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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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“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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“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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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…
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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…
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