If you’re looking for somewhere to get certified as a pilot or you just simply want to experience a certain helicopter, these are the places you should get in touch with

1) Heli Air Helicopter Training

Gloucester – 01452 855500 | Thruxton – 01264 773373 | Wellesbourne – 01789 470476 | Wycombe – 01494 769976 | Scotland – 01236 780140


Every one of Heli Air’s five bases offers quality assured modular training that is standardised, consistent and thorough. Training covers all levels from PPL(H), Type Ratings and ATPL(H) ground school to CPL(H) and Instructor Rating.

Because Heli Air manages a large fleet of helicopters that regularly need moving from base to base, structured hours building in the form of ferrying can also be offered to their students.

Their base at London Wycombe Air Park is also home to the BEA Ground School where, amongst other courses you can take fast-track ATPL(H) to speed-up your qualification attainment process.

To get you started, why not book yourself a Trial Lesson or get to experience the thrill and enjoyment of helicopter flight by choosing one of the many Helicopter Tours and Pleasure Flights available at all Heli Air bases?

2) Tiger Helicopters

01568 708028 | info@tigerhelicopters.co.uk


Are you looking for an exciting and potentially career building extra curricular activity? The professional and friendly team at Tiger Helicopters would love to help you discover your passion for Helicopter training.

Tiger Helicopters have had many GCSE and A Level students who have successfully qualified as pilots before even gaining their driving licence! Based at Shobdon Airfield, you will enjoy ideal training conditions over the county of Herefordshire.

With flexible scheduling, transport and accommodation available as well as your own personal instructor, Tiger Helicopters are the obvious choice for anyone looking to explore their desire to fly.

If you are seriously considering starting your journey to becoming a pilot why not join them for a FREE No Obligation Trial Lesson in one of their pristine R22 helicopters. Simply fill in the form on the website and one of their team will get back to you.

3) ICE Helicopters


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ICE Helicopters are delighted to offer helicopter leasing, hire, bespoke flight experiences and safety pilot services for pilots wishing to advance their training.

Based at Elstree Aerodrome (EGTR), ICE provides bespoke training for flights such as the London Helicopter Routes, and are well equipped to provide safety pilots and instructors for visiting unfamiliar landing sites or for learning more about the Garmin avionics fit and HeliSAS system. Ideal for those either leasing their aircraft or hiring an instructor for the day.

The current fleet available for hire consists of a Robinson R66 Turbine Marine, equipped with the latest touch-screen Garmin G500H/GTN750, HeliSAS autopilot and pop-out floats for additional safety over water. Their Robinson R44 Clipper has ideal upgrades, including the Garmin 430, expanded instrument console and bubble windows for increased cabin space and views.

Contact them to see their fleet, get long/short term lease prices or just for a chat.

4) Caledonian Advanced Pilot Training Ltd

01292 310968


Caledonian Advanced Pilot Training is approved to provide modular distance learning courses for EASA pilot licences, from PPL through CPL to ATPL for aeroplanes and helicopters, plus a few others, including the Instrument Rating.

As well as their main base at White Waltham (near London Heathrow), they also have a satellite base near Prestwick, in Scotland and at Helicentre in Lelystad, near Amsterdam. Inexpensive accommodation is available at Prestwick, which is just nine miles from the Ayr exam centre.

CPL (H): A modular helicopter specific self-study program for the EASA CPL(H), in three modules covering 13 subjects, geared for 250 hours of home study, with a three-day consolidation period covering them all at the CAPT offices (see Calendar page online).

ATPL (H): A modular helicopter specific self-study program for the EASA ATPL(H), in three modules covering 14 subjects, geared for 650 hours of home study, with an eight-day consolidation period covering them all at the CAPT offices (see Calendar page online).

5) Huey

MSS HOLDINGS (UK) Ltd, Wesham House Farm, Fleetwood Road, Wesham, Lancashire, PR4 3HD | 01772 687775 | sales@huey.co.uk

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Take to the UK skies in the only flying Vietnam Veteran Bell UH-1H (Huey509) helicopter in Europe. Once you have watched the safety briefing video and given your full consent you will be taken to Huey509 kitted in crew overalls, by our very experienced Pilots and Crew Masters.

Then you are in your seat, you have tightened that lap-strap, you are ready for the ride of your life with the deep base rhythm in your chest to the audible thumps as each massive rotor blade smites the advancing airflow.

An overall experience that lasts for up to 4 hours with up to 45 minutes flying time, you can see the breathtaking sights of the North West of England, from the southern extremities of the Lake District to the Northern Pennines including the beautiful coast.

If you want to enjoy the Huey Flight Experience, then simply book via their website.

6) Helicentre Aviation

Leicester Airport, Gartree Road, Leicestershire, LE2 2FG, United Kingdom| 0116 259 0186 | info@flyheli.co.uk

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Helicentre Aviation Academy is an established EASA-approved provider of professional helicopter pilot training, with 20 years experience and a solid reputation for the provision of professional helicopter pilots to industry.

Its combination of expertise in professional flight training, range of courses from ab-initio to commercial pilot and flight instructor (including residential and distance learning ATPL(H)/IR theoretical knowledge training), state-of-the-art modern fleet of Cabri G2 and R44 helicopters and its reputation for placing pilots in industry, makes Helicentre Aviation Academy the ATO of choice for serious candidates looking for a career in professional aviation.

Flying 8,000 hours a year from its Midlands-located UK base, the Academy works closely with industry to prepare trainee pilots for employment pathways into industry sectors from Offshore Oil and Gas to Police Aviation, to HEMS and Search and Rescue. Trainees are also offered employment on qualification as Flight Instructors and Examiners within its busy ATO environment.

In addition to pilot training, the Academy’s innovative partnership with Middlesex University provides a route to obtaining a BSc (Hons) degree in Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (Helicopter); a full-time three-year work based learning programme which also provides graduates with a route into a wide range of employment opportunities.


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