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Old 12th Nov 2003, 17:06
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Helis at Leeds

I'm a PPLH who recently moved to the Leeds area and am looking to self fly hire R22s and maybe go on to bigger and better things (conversions and/or a CPLH).

Can any of you recommend (or not) any suitable schools - I've had a look at Multiflight and Helijet so far. Any thoughts?

Cheers,

WB.
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Old 12th Nov 2003, 17:38
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some others
hields at sherburn
heliyork at leeds heather sugden
dragon at sheffield

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Old 12th Nov 2003, 19:58
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I did plenty of flying with Hields at Sherburn. Definitely worth a look - friendly bunch of people and Sherburn is a great little airfield - no controlled airspace and a good service from the military ATC units up and down the Vale of York.
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Old 12th Nov 2003, 22:13
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You should plan to get best training which includes the training of operating into and out of airfields with as full an air traffic system as possible. Quiet airfields are OK for the basic skills but 'training' includes everything, R/T, Theory etc.
One other tip. Don't drive miles and miles for the cheapest deal. Afresh student learns quicker
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Old 13th Nov 2003, 00:08
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Also consider residential. It is important to learn at the place that suits you.

B&Bs can be cheap. Try local Uni halls of residence in Vacation periods - that is what I did. Some schools offer accommodation.

Although the schools in your area may well be good, don't shut out other possibilities.

Cheers

Whirlygig

PS definitely go for a CPL(H) at an airport with ATC. You learn the discipline so much quicker!!
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Old 13th Nov 2003, 03:55
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Thanks all, LOTS of food for thought and apologies if I've covered old ground.

Will get on the case - your comments are appreciated.

WB.
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Old 13th Nov 2003, 22:05
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LBA atc are becoming more au fait with rotary ops and have a RADAR for those sh1tty days when your instructor gets caught out trying to get you to finally hover.
I fly commercially out of LBA and can only comment from a guy who has used Multiflight for a type-rating.
From what I have experienced, they're professional and enthusiastic.
More importantly, for someone about to invest a lot of money into a company, they appear to be financially stable (being owned by PACE electronics, whose set-top boxes are still in high demand).
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Old 14th Nov 2003, 04:23
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Wakkaboy,

Another option depending on what side of Leeds you live would be to travel to Barton there are two schools there now that fly enstroms and i,ve seen R22 / 44's training there last time i flew in

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Old 15th Nov 2003, 02:21
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cf,

Who are the second (in addition to Manchester Helicopter Centre) Enstrom operator at Barton?
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Old 16th Nov 2003, 03:49
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Flight Academy, been operating Enstroms from Barton for just under a year - also offer pleasure flights in R44s
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Old 16th Nov 2003, 23:24
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Squadgy - Interesting, thanks.

Any idea who is behind Flight Acadamy, who the instructors are etc.?
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Old 18th Nov 2003, 19:01
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Hi Jed A1

The man behind and who set up Flight Academy is Mr John Dunn who is also an experienced instructor. They operate enstoms in the main. I'm unsure on contact details. However, you may contact Barton Aerodrome on 0161 787 7326 and ask for Flight Academy's number.

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Old 18th Nov 2003, 20:12
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Cheers BB.

I think Barton is a great airfield for Heli training. However, it does get very busy from time to time - especially at weekends.

It'll be interesting to see how long the fixed wing drivers tolerate any additional heli flying. There again it would also be interesting to see how long any additional heli flying lasts!

In addition to that it would be interesting to see how long Barton lasts as an airfield!!

Apologies for going off topic and rambling.

Back on topic, I can highly recommend Manchester Helicopter Centre and their Enstroms - I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in their business, I just know them to be good people and very good at what they do. The family has been in the business forever, so they know what they're on about.

From another angle, if I were starting my heli flying again from day one. I would buy a machine. Fly it for a couple of hundred hours and sell it. In the UK, I'm convinced that you would save a lot of money. Most schools will provide an instructor free of charge if you buy a machine off them.
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Old 18th Feb 2004, 01:05
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Heliair changes?

Difficult to keep an on the ball when it keeps moving so fast!

It looks like there is a change of owners at Heliair. This might be of interest.
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Old 18th Feb 2004, 12:55
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Rumour control now suggesting it is a customer who recently bought a blue R44 or two....
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Old 1st Mar 2004, 06:45
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How To Grill A Potential School

Hello,

I will be visiting the training organisations in my area to get a feel for them in the next week or so, with the intention of completing my PPL(H) and then going the commercial modular route (yes, yes I know..!). Do any of you out there have a question I should definitely ask or something that I should look out for that I may not have thought of.

Many thanks in advance,

MPD (J.A.W)

P.S. For the record - I have a smidgen of hours (49) under my belt and a valid class 1 medical but have been way from aviation for 5 years (unless you count craning my neck everytime I hear the sound of the air being beaten into submission and the whine of a turbine).
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Old 1st Mar 2004, 10:43
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How To Grill A Potential School?

Hot Barbie, lots of Butter and Lemon, on both sides........
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Old 1st Mar 2004, 14:55
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you could try and ask the local pilots around you they are most likely to know the good from the bad

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Old 1st Mar 2004, 15:10
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Have a look to see if they paint their hangar floor. It's usually a sign that their not struggling financially and they take pride in their equipment. No guarantee of course, but if you can't pay your bills and you don't give a sh1t there is no way you'll paint the hangar floor !!
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Old 1st Mar 2004, 17:23
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Seems a bit of an oversight not to marinade first...

Thanks overpitched - I get you.

Cheers md 600 driver, but you may have unwittingly volunteered - it would appear thatyou are a local pilot (yorkshire?). Any chance of some opinions..? Maybe PM me? (understood if you don't)

Any more along the lines of overpitched's or a killer question would be good...

Thanks very much,

MPD (J.A.W.)
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