If you want to do it, and you have the aptitude there is no time like the present.
Fly with Mike Smith (Heliair). He was my instructor a while back and he will give you an honest opinion if he can in the limited time. If he can't just enjoy the experience of flying with, I would say, one of the highest houred pilots in the world.
See what you've started BOSSCAT. Seriously, if you have a few pennies available to start a new career in helicopters, either become an avionics engineer (they are looked after), or go to a place that offers good value for money for flying training. With the market today being as international as it is, I would get a reputable U.S. or Canadian company to train you. They are half the price that you would pay over here, and then you would most likely be offered a job as instructor (another debate), and of course a holiday at the same time. Licensed to fly an N- reg or C- reg aircraft is you knocking on the door world-wide, and a conversion to a U.K. license isn't too traumatic. In times of stress the North Sea Helicopter companies will even do that for you. Also, as a structural engineer from Glasgow, maybe you could help Eurocopter to build their next machine from good old steel girders instead of plastic.
I have been trying to contact HeliAir but their web page is under construction and the the email address firstname.lastname@example.org doesn't work. Any body have a posting address or contact telephone No for anyone who can provide literature etc on the school?
BOSSCAT, I have to agree with all of the above plus points directed to Heli-air. And no I don't work for them or have an interest in the company either, but I do have a long history of dealings with both the Wellesbourne and Denham offices. You will be hard pushed to find two higher qualified instructors than Mike or Quentin Smith, and when you consider that they are the level all their employed instructors are aspiring to, you know you're getting quality whoever you end up with.
Yes, there are bigger training organisations about, but remember it not the size its the Quality that counts!!
I work for a Single Engine AOC Operator and we contract 15 Freelance commercial pilots throughout the year. Currently about 50% of our guys learnt to fly with and have gone on to be Instructors with Heli-air, 25% in the Forces and 25% abroad.
Don't hang around thinking about it. If you've got the budget get on the ladder!!
Hey guys/gals , Can anyone give me any info on flying schools or helo operators in the midlands as I am from Safrica and in desperate need of getting some air between my butt and the earth...any help will be appreciated...
If you're anywhere near Stourbridge I can vouch for Heliflight. They operate out of Halfpenny green airport and have just expanded their op down to Staverton. I've logged a couple of hours with them and they seem like a friendly lot.
Hey mate Sometimes you have to travel to get the best service. If you don't have any luck in the Bristol area give me a call and I will point you in the direction of one of the better schools in the South with outstanding instructors. good luck.