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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:30 pm    Post subject: CPL - Where to go Reply with quote

Hi.

I am now 15 hours away from being able to start my CPL flying course.

Theory is done (but not forgotten, hopefully)

Looking for recommendations on who to take it with.

I live just south of Peterborough but work in Cambridge, so + 50 miles from those areas.

I currently fly out of Cambridge but with increasing landing fees and a very busy circuit not sure if it would all get in the way of the CPL Course.

I have flown with MikeH @ Conington but although its on my doorstep (I live about 2 miles from their zone) I intend to fly some of my CPL course whilst still attending work, which is only 10 minutes from Cambridge airport.

Any other suggestions gladly welcomed.

Thanks.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Come on.

57 have looked but NO ONE has commented.

Any one ?

Any private instructors ?

Anyone ?

Thanks.

Max
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have looked but did my training in the US - sorry man, canīt really help.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2011 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unusual.... there're normally a few selling their wares on here with such questions!

Have you looked at Sywell airfield (on northeast edge of Northampton)?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wouldn't an Approved JAR-FCL CPL(H) Modular Course have to be run by an Approved FTO, so ruling out a freelancer?

I live near Cambridge too, and have been recently in the market for a CPL(H) course, and I haven't come across any other options other than Cambridge, Conington, Sywell and Leicester.

All four of these seemed excellent to me.

For me, Sywell and Leicester ruled themselves out purely on distance, so it looks like I'm not helping you much here, as I think you are right that it's a straight choice between Conington and Cambridge.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...And don't forget Central Helicopters at Nottingham....
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd have thought Tollerton a bit far, sean, otherwise I'd have mentioned East Midlands Helicopters at Costock, too. Wink

I'm not a CPL holder, so cannot exactly recommend any school over another in that respect. Umm, but what about Cabair at Cranfield (if it's still there?)? Again, I imagine it's a bit far out of your way, MAUW.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The reason I didn't reply was that you seemed, not unreasonably, quite specific in terms of the area. I've just done mine at London Helicopter Centres at Redhill and would recommend them, but it's probably not very convenient for you.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

US trained too...

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the suggestions.

I have flown at all of the suggested sites.

I hadn't flown @ Helicenter. 44 miles by road from my village.

So I took a drive to have a chat. All looked ok, friendly staff loads of heli's whizzing around (good sign), until I was dragged kicking and screaming into one of the Schweizer 300's.

I hadn't flown one since my GFT in 2007 and after a few minor adjustments (trim trim trim) it was like I hadnt been away.

Good fun and a good day
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