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Hi all,

Have come into a little bit of money and I have just been made redundant. So I feel I have enough money to maybe start Helicopter Pilot Training.

I have some questions for all you Rotary Heads out there.

Q1 Is there an age restriction on whether I may train or not? I am 41.

Q2 It would be nice to get my PPL & then ttrain for my CPL so……is £25,000.00 enough to see me through.

Q3 How hard is it to make the jump from PPL to a CPL?

Q4 Is it hard to penetrate the commercial route as future employment?

Q5 In regards to Q4 what roles are there in the UK for someone with a CPL.

Q6 What is the ideal amount of hours required for someone to consider taking you on.

Q7 Is it easier to find a school that will take you right through from PPL to CPL to Instrucctor, if so where in counties above?

Q8 How Stringent is the Medicals?

Q9 What subjuects should I start getting my head into i.e I know theres Meteorology!

Q10 Any Chat forums for UK?

Thanks in advance
Q11 Also can you do say 10 hours in a Flight Simulator through a school and that count as logged hours, towards your 45 hours??

Most of the helicopter pilots on here are from the US, so you should try to find a flight school near you where they can give details that are applicable to the regulations and curriculum in your country. I will answer some of your questions as well as I can, but please check the details.

Cost
I don’t think £25,000 will be nearly enough. It is about $50,000 – $60,000 in USD, and the UK will be more expensive. This school shows their hourly rate as £290 per hour.

http://www.london-helicopters.co.uk/training.html

I don’t know if that is average or not, but it sounds about right. I believe the requirement in the UK is 155 hours: 155 x 290 = £44,950. This does not include books and materials, ground school, testing fees, instructor training, etc., etc.

Employment
I have no idea what the job requirements are in the UK. In the US, people typically work as a flight instructor to build flight experience. It usually takes 1000 hours to get an entry level job as anything but an instructor.

Medical Requirements
Your age shouldn’t be a problem. Check here for medical information:

http://www.caa.co.uk/default.aspx?catid=49&pagetype=68&gid=211

Subjects
The school will teach you everything you need to know. This FAQ has a list of the basic knowledge areas you will cover:

http://www.pplmania.com/ppltrainer/common_questions.htm

Flight School Listings
Check here for flight schools in your area. Do some shopping around and research before choosing a school.

http://www.bestaviation.net/uk/

Also, many people come to the US to take advantage of lower costs. Schools like the one below offer programs for European certification:

http://www.heli.com/helicopter-programs/jaa-certification/index.php

Forums
I don’t know of any that are in the UK, but check the following:

http://www.pprune.org/rotorheads-23/

http://www.justhelicopters.com/home/jhforum.asp?iChannel=10010

http://www.verticalreference.com/

I hope this has been at least partially helpful. Again, it is difficult to answer some of your questions because the details will be different in each country. Good luck!

One Response to “Helicopter Pilot Training, Lincolnshire or Nottinghamshire?”

  • Apollo says:

    Most of the helicopter pilots on here are from the US, so you should try to find a flight school near you where they can give details that are applicable to the regulations and curriculum in your country. I will answer some of your questions as well as I can, but please check the details.

    Cost
    I don’t think £25,000 will be nearly enough. It is about $50,000 – $60,000 in USD, and the UK will be more expensive. This school shows their hourly rate as £290 per hour.
    http://www.london-helicopters.co.uk/training.html
    I don’t know if that is average or not, but it sounds about right. I believe the requirement in the UK is 155 hours: 155 x 290 = £44,950. This does not include books and materials, ground school, testing fees, instructor training, etc., etc.

    Employment
    I have no idea what the job requirements are in the UK. In the US, people typically work as a flight instructor to build flight experience. It usually takes 1000 hours to get an entry level job as anything but an instructor.

    Medical Requirements
    Your age shouldn’t be a problem. Check here for medical information:
    http://www.caa.co.uk/default.aspx?catid=49&pagetype=68&gid=211

    Subjects
    The school will teach you everything you need to know. This FAQ has a list of the basic knowledge areas you will cover:
    http://www.pplmania.com/ppltrainer/common_questions.htm

    Flight School Listings
    Check here for flight schools in your area. Do some shopping around and research before choosing a school.
    http://www.bestaviation.net/uk/

    Also, many people come to the US to take advantage of lower costs. Schools like the one below offer programs for European certification:
    http://www.heli.com/helicopter-programs/jaa-certification/index.php

    Forums
    I don’t know of any that are in the UK, but check the following:
    http://www.pprune.org/rotorheads-23/
    http://www.justhelicopters.com/home/jhforum.asp?iChannel=10010
    http://www.verticalreference.com/

    I hope this has been at least partially helpful. Again, it is difficult to answer some of your questions because the details will be different in each country. Good luck!
    References :
    Helicopter Pilot/Instructor

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