Training ppl(h)/lapl(h)

A new breed of flying school

Looking for a challenge, a new hobby or the ultimate rewarding career? Then learning to fly a helicopter could be the answer! Whether your desire to fly is to achieve a Private Pilot’s Licence PPL(H) for fun or to begin your journey towards a Commercial Pilot’s Licence CPL(H), Flying Pig Helicopters boasts over 20 years experience in teaching people to FLY!

Our instructors live and breathe helicopters and work with you to ensure that our training programmes are tailored to suit each student. Set in the peaceful Hertfordshire countryside yet moments away from the famous London skyline, Flying Pig Helicopters is in the perfect training location.

We pride ourselves on welcoming for budding pilots, both male and female to our wonderful, family friendly, flying school. As such there’s always plenty to entertain your partner or children whilst you are flying so no need to miss out on quality time with your loved ones as you fulfil your dreams.

The PPL(H) is governed by the CAA, this allows you to fly all helicopter types on which you have received training and passed the appropriate test. To achieve this you must have completed a minimum of 45 hours of flight instruction of an approved syllabus, plus ground school. 9 multiple choice ground exams and radio oral practical test. In most cases a class 2 medical is required and of course a final flight skills test. Once passed, your PPL(H) could lead you on to a amazing career in aviation be it a flight instructor/commercial pilot or alternatively an incredible hobby to share with your friends and family.

The Ground School element of the PPL(H) training and we are approved by the CAA to offer this in-house. Currently run fortnightly, it’s a great opportunity to learn alongside other students and benefit from our unique mentoring scheme. Ground School is also available on a one-to-one basis with either your instructor or student liaison officer. You now have “Full Control”, make the best decision of your life, choose a flying school of the future. Live the dream, fly helicopters!

For more info on what the course involves, our ground school or to book your trial lesson please contact or call 0207 118 8998

Start your training – Go solo in just 25* hours!

A once in a lifetime opportunity to fulfil your dreams without breaking the bank! With this training programme it really is possible to take to the skies solo in just 25* hours. No way! Yes way! This package includes 25 hours of training in all aspects of Helicopter flight plus all the Ground School required to enable you to FLY SOLO! Choose our Zero to Hero course and you can expect one-to-one tuition from one of our highly skilled, experienced instructors in one of the world’s most recognised training helicopters, CAA approved in-house ground school with the addition of our unique Mentoring Scheme. All this and benefit from our preferential discounted hourly rate!

* hours quoted are the average required.

Complete your PPL (H) in 35* hours!

Once you have completed the Zero to Hero course you can then take the next step towards your dream of becoming a Helicopter Pilot. You will have flown numerous solo circuits and passed your Air Law exam. Our Moving On Up training programme will focus on developing your solo flying skills, cross-country flight and navigation and your final hours of Ground School in preparation for your qualifying flight and skills test. This part of your training will take approx. 35 hours and is available to you at a preferential rate when making a block booking saving up to nearly £4,600!

Save up to £7,860 when you prepay your license!

This 60 hour programme, often described as our pre-paid license, is the perfect choice for those who have the funds in place to pay for their PPL(H) training in one go. Pre-payment means you benefit from substantial savings compared to typical flying school pay as you go rates. This course also allows you to schedule your entire PPL(H) training; booking your lessons well in advance making planning your flying around your work and personal life more manageable. Be a Captain also includes a heli starter kit, pilot bag and ground examination fees.

*hours quoted are the average required

ppl(h) training briefing

Obtaining a PPL(H) is no longer reserved for the rich and famous, at Flying Pig we offer a range of training programmes to suit your budget and ultimate goal which is of course to learn to FLY! To gain a Private Pilot’s License you will need to complete a minimum of 45* hours of flight instruction; at least 25 hours of dual instruction to include a minimum of 5 hours of simulated instrument flying. 10 hours of supervised solo flight time including at least 5 hours of solo cross-country flight time one of which must be 100 nautical miles or more during which full stop landings at 2 aerodromes not including the aerodrome of departure. 100 hours in the ‘classroom’ which can be divided between studying at home or at Ground School. 9 written multiple choice and radio oral exams and a final skills flight test. Then the sky’s your only limit!

Ready to live the dream? To find out more about the PPL(H), details of our exclusive Zero to Hero programme or to book a trial lesson please contact our Student Liaison Officer email or call 0207 118 8998

*Hours quoted are the average required.

lapl(h) training briefing

The LAPL(H) is a ‘Light Aircraft Pilot’s License’. This is a fast track license that entitles you to fly any single engine helicopter up to a max. weight of 2000kg and max. of 4 seats anywhere in Europe. The LAPL(H) programme requires a minimum of 40* hours flight training, 10 hours solo to include 5 hours cross-country. A 80 nautical mile qualifying cross-country landing away at at least 1 aerodrome other than departure, plus all the usual Ground School, written and radio exams and final skills test. Night ratings and IMC ratings can also be added to your LAPL(H). The LAPL(H) has slightly different medical requirements; a PPL(H) requires the more in-depth Class 2 medical whereas for the LAPL(H) there is a specific medical which can be issued by your own GP or AME. If you have a medical condition which precludes you from holding a Class 2 medical then this may be the license for you!


For more info on what the course entails, our ground school or to book your trial lesson please contact please contact our Student Liaison Officer email or call 0207 118 8998

*Hours quoted are the average required.


Passed your PPL(H) and want to add to your flying portfolio by increasing the types of helicopters you are rated on? Then choose one of our conversion courses. Whether it’s to simply take your family and friends flying for fun or for a new challenge then we can find a training programme to suit you.

We offer conversion courses for the Robinson R44 and the NEW Guimbal Cabri G2. Courses typically last 5 hours plus your type-rating skills test (1 hour).

Find out more call 0207 118 8998 or email

Ground School

Ground school is a requirement of the PPL(H) training where a recommended minimum of 100 hours theory is needed to alongside your flying time to complete your training. Study time can be split between home and the classroom, but we have found that by running our own ground school it gives students the opportunity to learn alongside others, making studying not quite such a solitary task.

Run fortnightly, our in-house ground school will allow you to go through the required elements of the theoretical side of the PPL(H) with your fellow students. It’s a great opportunity to ask your instructor/CFI any questions you may have about the course or exams, meet with previous students now qualified pilots who can act as mentors; to guide, support and encourage you as you progress through your PPL(H) course. The mentoring scheme is unique to Flying Pig Helicopters, many lifelong friendships and business relationships have been cemented by this rewarding and worthwhile experience.

To find out when the next ground school is scheduled or how it can benefit your learning please contact our Student Liaison Officer email or call 0207 118 8998

Need extra tuition, why not meet with one of our instructors One-to-One? To book a private ground school lesson with one of our instructors email or call 0207 118 8998