London Helicopter Centres has been training helicopter pilots since 1994 and were one of the first companies to be approved for JAR training in 2000. With four full time instructors, two additional part time instructors, three in-house flight examiners plus access to other pilots and instructors within our business group, we are well equipped to provide you with comprehensive training from an initial Private Pilot’s Licence (PPLH) through to Commercial Pilots Licence (CPLH) and Flight Instructor (FIH) ratings as well as type rating conversions on over ten different types of helicopter.
Part of the Patriot Aerospace Group, we have flight training facilities at Redhill Aerodrome near London and Coventry Airport in the Midlands. Our large fleet of training helicopters caters for most budgets and aspirations from the ever-popular Robinson R22 and R44, the Schweizer 300, to the Bell 206 and Eurocopter EC120 and AS350. We can also arrange training for experienced pilots on twin engine helicopters.
How Do I Get Started ?
Helicopter Introductory Flying Lessons & Discovery Days are ideal for anyone interested in flying or who wishes to undertake a flying course. These ‘taster’ courses offer an insight into the world of helicopter flight. Lessons can be purchased as gift vouchers, they can be booked for a specific date or issued as ‘open date’ vouchers which are valid for 12 months from date of purchase. Prices include VAT. Flights are offered 7 days a week, subject to availability.
Private Pilot Training
So what’s involved in learning to fly a helicopter and what opportunities lie ahead once you are qualified? The first step is to obtain a Private Pilot’s Licence for helicopters, the PPL(H). This is a qualification that allows you to fly a specific type of helicopter and it is recognised throughout Europe. Once qualified, you can self-fly one of our fleet helicopters, and take your friends and family out and about. As time progresses you may choose to train further onto one of our larger helicopters. You may also decide to further your training and experience with a night qualification or learn to navigate around the capital by undertaking London Heli-Routes instruction
Commercial Pilot Training
If you want to fly helicopters for a living you will need to train for a Commercial Pilot’s Licence for helicopters, the CPL(H). This licence permits you to be paid for flying helicopters and requires some additional training. You must hold a PPL(H) and have a total of 155 hours of flying under your belt before you begin the course. There are reductions available to those who hold a Commercial pilot licences for other aircraft types – contact us for details.
Beyond the commercial licence is the Flight Instructor for helicopters rating, the FI(H). This rating allows you to train students for their Private Pilot’s Licence. Instructors are often in demand, and many FI(H)’s trained at London Helicopter Centres go on to instruct for the company. The FI(H) enables the holder to be paid to fly helicopters, something which is very welcome after the financial outlay of initial training!
Type Rating Training
Once you are qualified as a pilot you may wish to progress onto larger and more complex aircraft, London Helicopter Centres has one of the largest approvals for conducting type rating training, being approved for the R22, R44, S300, Bell 206, AS350 Single Squirrel, AS355 Twin Squirrel, EC120, EC135, Gazelle, Agusta 109 and MD902 helicopters.
London Helicopter Centres can also offer a wide range of ancillary ratings such as the night qualification, London Heli-Routes and more in depth navigation.
Contact us for details.