In 2007, the country still had a Labour leader, England football boss Steve McClaren was dubbed the ‘Wally with the Brolly’, and the iPhone was first released. It was also the year the Briggs family took over Central Helicopters, and, ever since, we have been leading the way in providing UK helicopter pilot training.
Just before the new year we celebrated our 10th birthday, having up to this point successfully trained in excess of a 100 student pilots, who have gained various licences and ratings.
Many have benefitted from our state-of-the-art facilities, which we built at our base in Widmerpool, near Nottingham in 2014. They provide everything students could ever need, including modern, comfortable accommodation, so those travelling from further afield don’t even need to step foot outside of our site.
This isn’t the only way we have been improving our offering to students. During the last decade we have continually assessed and improved our training methods and courses to make them as relevant and effective as possible. In 2018, we are putting in more time and energy than ever to ensure we deliver the best helicopter UK helicopter pilot training.
Here are just a few reasons why you should join us during the year ahead:
The best pilots
Our most recent pilot to qualify as a flight examiner is Capt. Sean Humphrey, who in 2018, will be conducting Proficiency Checks and Skills Tests on our R22, R44 and 206 Series helicopters. Sean is one of our most liked, well-respected pilots, who has been leading pleasure flying tours for a number of years.
Innovative training in the air
Our latest training innovation for 2018 is the Advanced PPL(H) Course, which is focussed on those pilots who already have their PPL(H) licence but feel they are not getting the most from it. The 10-hour training course will improve accuracy, knowledge and build confidence in areas not fully covered in the standard PPL syllabus.
… and on the ground
Theory classes are an essential part of progression for pilots. We’ve some of the best instructors in the business, who pride themselves of delivering quality tuition.
Our latest Groundschool & Exam day is on Monday, February 12th, with the topic of Meteorology. This is a one day course priced at £125 + VAT, which includes all pre-study work books, a full day presentation by one of our ground examiners, access to practice papers and also the final written exam. It is open to both rotary and fixed wing PPL students.
We are continually introducing new courses, so make sure you check back here regularly in 2018 for updates, or read more about learning to fly.