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Old 30th Jun 2001, 01:43
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Send me an e mail I have a couple of 500's . I will self fly hire and do the training .
Normally have one based around the Thruxton area, however will let you take it away.

Training rate is 395 hr wet self fly hire depends upon usage. Before you ask the rate is on a D model.

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Old 30th Jun 2001, 01:43
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What people think or certain pilots is down to them, that is down to personal opinion and experience of that pilot. Don't get me onto that one, that is a whole new thread!!

I am not saying that Heli Air is any BETTER than any of the other flight schools that you have listed, what I am saying is that in my opinion it has a good learning atmosphere.

Perhaps the reason that they have so many 'unpaid reps' is because that is the reputation that they have built up for themselves and that is what people think of them??

Are you being a bit cynical elpirata ???

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Old 7th Jan 2002, 16:06
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Question UK schools??

Any flying school types out there who can help me.

I have aus CPLH & am going to be in UK in february & want to talk to a few schools about conversion to a JAA licence. What I need is the names of some schools who do this conversion and will correspond with me via email before I leave oz. ( I emailed several schools over a month ago & received only one response! Is business that good over there?)

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hot 'n heavy,
The reason that none of the schools have got back to you may be more to do with them not knowing the answer to your question, rather than not wanting the business. Since JAR-FCL, there is no longer written advice covering most cases, that flying schools can consult to enable them to know what you would need to do. You will probably have to do the digging yourself by talking to the CAA, and give them your particular situation. They have a website <a href="http://www.caa.srg.co.uk" target="_blank">www.caa.srg.co.uk</a> and some pdf files for download, but they never seem to answer the question you have. The closest document I found was at:
<a href="http://www.srg.caa.co.uk/documents/srg_fcl_gid27.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.srg.caa.co.uk/documents/srg_fcl_gid27.pdf</a>

However, all it really says is you need to talk to the CAA. I am sure this does not help much, but it may help to explain. I could suggest one or two contacts in flying schools, but would rather do it via email: Contact me at [email protected] if you want any pointers.

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Old 25th Feb 2002, 02:05
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Cool Can anyone recomend a school for ppl(H)?

Hi there. I am thinking of adding a PPL(H) to my current PPL(A). Can any one suggest/recommend any schools? I am not fussy about country etc. as long as I can do JAA licence. Feel free to e-mail if you prefer.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 25th Feb 2002, 02:51
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Hields Avaition at Chester (where I learnt) are very good. CFI is Gary Cooper, excellent pilot and instructor. . .Good luck and happy flying

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Old 25th Feb 2002, 03:56
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Patriot Aviation (formerly Burman Aviation) at Cranfield, ask for Jim.

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Old 25th Feb 2002, 17:33
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I'd thoroughly recommend Heliflight, based at Wolverhampton and Gloucester.
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Old 26th Feb 2002, 01:30
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Can thoroughly recommend Hields Aviation. I trained at Sherburn. Gary Cooper (now at Chester) is a very good instructor. Pat Hand at Sherburn is another.

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Old 26th Feb 2002, 23:30
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As you are north of the Border, why not support your local shop. I have flown with HJS Helicopters at Peterculter nr Aberdeen. Very professional, and although I did not train there, they do seem to be very well organised.
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Old 28th Feb 2002, 01:06
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If you don't mind travelling, try some Australian schools. Look up <a href="http://www.helicoptertrainingschools.com." target="_blank">www.helicoptertrainingschools.com.</a> They look for the best schools around and give their unbiased opinion. The site is run by a professional pilot here in Brisbane.

Just a thought.
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Old 28th Feb 2002, 04:51
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Can't really recommend any good ones, but I can warn you off the one I used to get CPL(H) a few years back.....CABAIR in Cranfield! The Helo flying instructor was great but the company sucks!

Go somewhere else is all I could say!
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Old 28th Feb 2002, 05:12
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HeliAir at Wellesbourne, run by Mike Smith who is reputed to have the most instructional hours in the UK. He teaches PPL(H) as well as Instructor courses.
HeliAir at Denham is run by Quentin Smith and Glenda Wild (CFI).
I haven't heard anything about their other branches, but Wellesbourne and Denham both have excellent reputations.

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Lorne

The warning notice which appears at the bottom of the page on PPRuNe is there for good and many reasons:
"As these are anonymous forums the origins of the contributions may be opposite to what may be apparent."
Or, in ordinary language - Do NOT assume that all 'recommendations' come from independent satisfied customers trying to help you.

PPRuNe rules are extremely strict about free advertising disguised as helpful contributions and Moderators are told to apply them strictly. I let this one run until it got out of hand. I've now edited some posts to take out telephone numbers - and others to remove blatant advertising by schools/instructors.

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Old 1st Mar 2002, 06:38
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Lorne,. .I can say through my own experience that the views given by Roofus and the Flying Lawyer are very acurate and reflect the service I received,having spent a lot of money with the first,but achiving more and spending less at the second.Don't know how you intend to convert block or single but my advice would be draw up a short list and take a trial ride with each,with your avaiation knowledge I'am sure you would be able to select the right one.Hope you enjoy your conversion as much as I enjoyed my training.In fact I like heli's so much I brought my first one this week !!!. .GOOD LUCK & BE SAFE

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Old 1st Mar 2002, 14:10
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Which helicopter have you bought?. .Why not start another thread telling us about it, how you made your choice, the pitfalls to avoid etc
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Old 1st Mar 2002, 15:24
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It's a Gazelle and will start a new thread if anybody is interested.
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Old 1st Mar 2002, 20:08
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Go for it!. .Gazelle threads always seem to generate interest.
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Old 2nd Mar 2002, 01:53
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Jellycopter - I always think a good measure of a flying school is the number of helicopters they have trashed. Maybe FL can enlighten us on the current score at Heliflight, then we can decide for ourselves?
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Old 2nd Mar 2002, 03:19
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Sorry, I don't know Heliflight. Perhaps you meant MultiFlight at Leeds/Bradford? I've heard they are good - Mark Griffiths is an extremely good instructor. He taught me, and moved there when the school where I trained closed down. I don't know if he still instructs, or if they've 'trashed' any helicopters. Not sure that's such a good 'measure' of a school - surely the chances of an incident increase with the number of helicopters/students?

I'm only a PPL giving an opinion for what it's worth. There are others far better qualified than me to advise.
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