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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would recommend at least an hour for a trial lesson. I think that anything less really isn't long enough to get a good idea of what it's all about.

By the time you've started up, cleared out of wherever you need clearance from, and are cruising about in the sky - that's 10 minutes done.

Spend five to ten minutes turning, climbing and descending, maybe. Then drop into an airfield for five to ten minutes at hovering, before the half hour is up. Really, it'll just go by in the blink of an eye!

East Midlands Helicopters do an R22 half day intro course, for 499 (Prices correct at time of going to press...!!) - 2 separate hours flying, and a good amount of time on the ground to talk about it too. (They also do an R44 half day course too!). And, new this year, you can purchase the trial lessons online! (Don't think I've mentioned that before... have I?)
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks everyone Very Happy

If I mention your name "James" Wink I presume I get a BIG DISCOUNT Very Happy or shall I just say i've never heard of you......What do you think? Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Umm, err. You can tell them I sent you. Cool

That way, hopefully I'll get a good discount... Very Happy Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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East Midlands Helicopters do an R22 half day intro course, for 499 (Prices correct at time of going to press...!!) - 2 separate hours flying, and a good amount of time on the ground to talk about it too.


Ours is a whole day and you get taken out to lunch at a restaurant too! Hehe Razz Laughing

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy Now you're both tempting me to pay you both a visit and a book a day with you both!!!!! Cool Laughing Laughing

Anyone beat Sarah's offer of a full day and lunch Question Question

You guys (and girls) are just so great!!

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quick Q Smile

Is the cost of the day at the Helicentre inc of VAT? I couldn't find any mention of if they were inc or plus VAT.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Inc VAT!

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Thanks Very Happy Sounds even more appealing now Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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....Anyone beat Sarah's offer of a full day and lunch Question Question .....


763 (650 + VAT) for a full THREE hours at Tiger....

http://www.tigerhelicopters.co.uk/trials.htm
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahhh but do you get lunch with your instructor Very Happy That has to top an extra half hour hehe
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked Crikey!!!! Laughing

I need to visit you all by the looks of things and book a trial day at each school!!!! Now that could be quite a plan.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm. Just doing some sums... at EMH, according to the website, doing this in trial lessons, you can do three hours for 764 inc VAT. And, 2.5 hours for 649. So there's not much more than a pound to choose between them all. Very Happy

(You'd have to check with them, that it's okay to do that, though!)
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Come on down TopCat - you'd be most welcome. Pretty sure we have availability next week.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I must say that I feel in demand right now Laughing You're all so helpful and i'd love to visit you all!...............if only I could Sad

I can see benefits by training at a couple of schools, not to sure how feasible it would be tho' Confused

EMH looks a small, friendly, dedicated place for just helicopters that would be good for a beginner and around a hours drive away. Not too many distractions from other aircraft and therefore i'b be able to concentrate on the flying and not the radio etc. Not that I mind the radio as I teach radio communication in the Security Industry.

The Helicentre at Coventry looks a lot busier place for all types of aircraft, so i'd say it would be a great place to learn all the aspects of a busy airport, albeit a longer drive by around 15 or 20 minutes more than EMH.

Rolling Eyes Decisions, decisions.......... Laughing I love the banter here and the friendly competitiveness for a student. I feel so loved Laughing Laughing

I'm planning on booking something next week, weather permitting.....just where????? I ain't a clue yet Confused Very Happy

Maybe one of you could surprise me and just whizz over to my place and give me the first taster of what i'm certain will be an addictive part of my life from now on Wink Very Happy Any offers..............how much do you want?????........ 200....300......500.....800.......and a full-time student to boot!

Hope to meet some of you soon.

Best regards to all,

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TopCat,

As much as we'd love to come and pick you up, we only conduct training flights between licensed airfields. Besides you really need to be at the school to be properly briefed for the flight (I'm sure you were only kidding about being picked up and whisked away?? Right??).

Landing in your garden (provided the landing site is suitable), at hotels and other such places will be a privilege you will earn once you have obtained your licence! Smile

As for where to choose for your training, the most important thing to consider is at the end of the day you should be training wherever you feel comfortable training. You won't really know this until you've had a feel for what the school has to offer and perhaps, as suggested a trial flight at each place to test the water.

Both quiet airfields and busy airports have their advantages - it's the aircraft, availability and quality of instruction that matter the most, and you won't know what this is like unless you have paid them a visit and gone for a flight. One thing I'm fairly sure of is that once you've gone up once, you'll want to go up again... and again... and again... and...

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