Because the aim of the Helicopter Flying for Real Programme is to create a Professional Pilot able to enter the industry, the course has several specific modules that each student is invited to participate in. These are explained in more detail during the Insight Day, the topics of which are listed at the end of this introduction.
All training starts with the PPL (Private Pilot’s licence) which is a minimum of 45 hours training.
This can be done at Welshpool or Mallorca (or at both locations if for example you are considering taking a break for winter sun)
After that is the ‘hour building phase’ which is where you gain experience flying around the country. We have a structured hour building course which is 40 hours of flying with routes through several beautiful parts of the UK and through controlled airspace.
It is also possible to fly to or from Welshpool/Mallorca through France and Spain as part of your hour building.
Next is the CPL (Commercial Pilot’s Licence) Course and Night Rating. This begins when you have acquired 155 hours total time, and the course lasts 35 hours. The CPL course is conducted at the Welshpool base.
After successfully passing your CPL flight test you are then qualified as a Commercial Pilot.
A mixture of paid flying work and continuing hour building gets you to 230 hours and you can start you Fi (Flight Instructor) course in Mallorca.
On completing your FI course you will be offered instructional work in the UK and in Mallorca.