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At Hields Aviation we have been teaching people how to fly helicopters here in Yorkshire for more than three decades and we now have a small team of instructors to make sure you receive the most from your training with our unique formula; combining the experience of our Head of Training, Robert Hields, with the fresh input from a newer generation of professional instructors.
Our base at Sherburn in Elmet Aerodrome is an ideal and friendly location to learn to fly, away from congested International Airports. This also means that all of the time in the aircraft is beneficial, with no positioning time to a suitable training location. We are the only Helicopter Operator on the airfield with limited number of aircraft, giving us the freedom and space to learn in a safe and efficient environment.
You don’t need any previous experience to learn to fly. We take it from the very basics and as time progresses you will learn the skills required to fly a Robinson R44 helicopter alone.
Once qualified as a Private Helicopter Pilot, PPL(H), you hold the privilege to fly with friends and family whether it be for business or pleasure.
The minimum requirements are as follows and everything done in house:
- minimum of 45 hours total flying time
- minimum of 10 hours solo flying time (of which 5 have to be navigation)
- successful completion of the theoretical examinations (can be taken at Sherburn)
- a Class 2 Medical Certificate (can be taken at Sherburn)
- a Radiotelephony Licence (can be taken at Sherburn)
What do you do once you have achieved your Helicopter Pilot’s Licence?
Once you have your helicopter pilot’s licence you will probably want to use it to take your friends and family for lunch, or fly to a business meeting without joining queues of traffic. Not everybody wants to own their own helicopter and ‘self-fly hiring‘ one of ours is simple and cost-effective.
Whilst you are flying by yourself, our team of Instructors are always on hand to provide advice as you build experience – you may even want an Instructor there to act as a ‘safety pilot’.
You can purchase your first lesson today by following the link: helicopter trial lesson gift certificates
This general guide and FAQ answers many of the questions we are often asked by people interested in learning to fly helicopters however if you need more information please don’t hesitate to contact using the below methods.
phone: 01977 680 206