Captain Duncan Bickley – FI (H), FIC (H), FE (H), FIE (H)

Captain Duncan BickleyHead of Training

After obtaining his PPL (H) in 1996, Duncan spent much of his hour building taking friends on trips around the London heli-routes. In 1999 he left the City and committed full time to gaining his instructor rating with Philip Sheldon at Cambridge. He subsequently started work in the West Country as a novice instructor. He gained further experience in Kent and Buckinghamshire and eventually gained enough experience to qualify as a flight examiner.

After becoming Chief Pilot and Head of Training at a small helicopter operation in Southend for several years, Duncan joined Aeromega in Cambridge as Head of Training in 2004.

Looking for further challenges, he started running type rating courses on the R44, EC120 and B206 and then modular courses for the Commercial Pilot’s Licence. In 2006 Duncan became qualified to provide Flying Instructor Courses and now has a well established reputation for presenting high quality professional candidates for examination. He is also a Flying Instructor Examiner (FIE) and Ground Examiner.

Duncan is constantly seeking new ways of challenging his licence holding customers by arranging trips to France including Le Touquet and the Paris heliport. He also organises mountain flying weekends in Snowdonia and altitude appreciation weeks in the French Alps.

An experienced Commercial Pilot, Duncan can also operated in the charter market, also undertaking aerial filming and photography.

In May 2015, Duncan bought a third share in the company and became Managing Director of Aeromega Helicopters, eventually buying out his partners to become sole owner in 2018.

Following the termination of the Cambridge lease in 2019 by the landlord, it became impossible to find an alternative base before the lockdown of 2020 made continued training impossible. Having reached 60, Duncan reluctantly chose to retire in October 2020

Duncan is a keen skier who also enjoys cricket, crosswords and has a renowned penchant for quiz shows.