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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:48 pm    Post subject: PPL training London/Essex Reply with quote

Hi

Have recently decided to try and have a go at getting my PPL(H), been a massive fan of helis for years and always said " would love to do it one day" and that one day has now arived, have looked about at various different schools, but decisions decisions... which one to choose?

I'm based 5 mins from Canary Wharf, so idealy Essex or Kent would be favourable

The only flight school i have been to see was The Flight Centre, based in southend airport .. anyone used these guys?

Would appreciate any info / help you guys can offer

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure how close, but another thread mentions "Manston"..... if that's any good to you?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers fella, but manston is about 2hr from me
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

london helicopter centres at redhill surrey, cabair helicopters at blackbushe or elstree and there is a few others knocking about...have heard good things about LHC and im at cabair
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forget about Cabair, they have a suspension of operating licence notice with the CAA at the moment.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spoke to cabair, wasn't impressed at all , quoted all the wrong prices, stumbled over every question i asked and wasn't sure if they would have instructor available , my safety and cash in there hands ... i think not!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd happily recommend London Helicopter Centres at Redhill. I have flown with them on and off for some eleven years now. They are a nice bunch of people, very safety conscious (I happen to think that's rather important), have a good mixed fleet and Redhill is about as good a helicopter training airfield as you are likely to find in the UK.

I don't work for them so no vested interest, but I have just completed the CPL(H) with them. For added fun you get to trade insults with VeeAny too Finger
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks DBChopper

I will give them a call in the morning, safety is a big thing for me, having being involved in a major car accident and having to learn to walk again, i would sooner spend 70 hours training than the 45 a lot of people are quoting, i've worked in construction management for years and the health & safety thats involved with machinery/plant is incredible, it amazes me that with just a few hours a trainee pilot can go solo with such a complicated piece of machinery like a helicopter!

can't wait though, although the thought of doing an autorotation is quite nerve racking Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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although the thought of doing an autorotation is quite nerve racking Laughing


Tell me about it - mine were worse than ever just prior to taking the CPL(H) test! Rolling Eyes

Don't worry about that. The PPL(H) course is designed so that you learn not to hit the ground before you start learning to throw yourself repeatedly at it Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cabair can be disorganised but they've just changed hands and at the minute they have 4 instructors with 8 integrated students and myself doing modular CPL in 2 r22s G-BUBW and G-CBWZ, although its EGTC where pretty much everything is going on, think they're a decent company from my experience and seem to be on the up.
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Eight of you doing full-time courses on two R22s??? Shocked

Is there a fight to get them in the morning? Are Cabair pulling any more out the hat for you to use? That seems a pretty poor ratio.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2 lads just moving on to twin squirrel, 2 in groundschool so really its more like 4 on the 2 machines, i get 2 flights a day except for maybe a day a week i only get 1 but its pretty good, they are looking at another heli based at cranfield but not sure what the verdict is yet....
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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although the thought of doing an autorotation is quite nerve racking Laughing


Tell me about it - mine were worse than ever just prior to taking the CPL(H) test! Rolling Eyes

Don't worry about that. The PPL(H) course is designed so that you learn not to hit the ground before you start learning to throw yourself repeatedly at it Cool


I'm not that worried, as i know its not a full down to the ground experience, just quite daunting shutting down an engine on something up in the air that has no wings Surprised

Looked at where LHC are today, looked like a nice outfit looking at the website.. bit of a pain in the backside to get to from this side of london, will take a run down over the weekend and see if i can find an easy route, plus its a good excuse to nip of to brighton for the day Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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cabair can be disorganised but they've just changed hands and at the minute they have 4 instructors with 8 integrated students and myself doing modular CPL in 2 r22s G-BUBW and G-CBWZ, although its EGTC where pretty much everything is going on, think they're a decent company from my experience and seem to be on the up.


sounds like they've bitten off more than they can chew, prob a very good firm, but first impressions knocked me back
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Forget about Cabair, they have a suspension of operating licence notice with the CAA at the moment.

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having no idea about the aviation industry.. is that a bad thing? sounds like it
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