A new challenge for you all – please support Dan Mercer on
his Pledge A Pint Tour of the UK. Dan will be flying around the entire UK coast in June 2019, stopping off at various key locations to raise awareness of the need for new blood donors. For more information, please visit the tour website http://www.pledgeapint.com.
Dan learned to fly a helicopter with us several years ago – starting on the Robinson R22 two seater, he then graduated to the Robinson R44 – a four seat version with greater range which he will be using for the trip.
Dan will be accompanied by Capt. Duncan Bickley, Head of Training at Aeromega as they set off from Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge to circumnavigate the UK. Duncan thinks this kind of adventure is exactly what private helicopter pilots should be tackling to develop their skills and experience. However an extra pair of eyes will definitely help Dan complete the challenge safely.
Duncan has been a blood and platelet donor on and off for over 40 years. “It’s very easy to get of of the habit of giving blood if you have a cold or need medication for a while – so hopefully Dan’s trip will give a nudge to remind any lapsed donors to Pledge a Pint but its new donors we really need!”
Flying around the UK is a challenge that Dan has long wanted to undertake and he has good reason to help find new donors – see his story by following the link below.
If you are not already a blood donor, we’d love you to support us by signing up at www.pledgeapint.com and Pledge that Pint.
Once we set off, you can follow the progress of the trip by satellite using the Iridium link on the Pledge a Pint website www.pledgeapint.com
Great New Opportunity – Weekend in Paris
Last winter Duncan obtained his Site Qualification to use the Paris Heliport and Heliroutes. He is now able to fly with licence holders right into the heart of Paris and land at the Issy Les Moulineaux Heliport.
This is just 2 hours’ flight time from Cambridge and
we can clear customs without stopping off. This provides a great opportunity for day trips or a weekend break, particularly if we use the R66. Duncan will be setting aside several weekends during the next 8 months to take advantage of this opportunity. We can only accommodate one ship trips for the time being, so why not take the family for an unforgettable weekend.
I know many of our existing customers will relish the chance to experience Paris from the air. Here are a few pictures taken last weekend to whet your appetite but see the Facebook page for more.
Normal instructed rates will apply plus a trip fee of £150 + vat payable as a deposit.
A very happy New Year to all our customers from the staff at Aeromega. We are very enthusiastic about 2019 and have a number of ideas to challenge our pilots during the coming months.
We are planning several trips to Paris and Rheims including a chance to fly into the Paris Heliport. This may appeal to those whose partners are constantly hinting to be taken somewhere different by helicopter.
We now have the capability to help customers gain their site qualification to fly in and
out of the London Heliport at Battersea. This involves a briefing by the heliport ATC unit and if you combine it with flying some of the London Heli-routes, you’ll gain a huge amount of experience in a very short time. The intensive pilot workload will stretch your capacity whilst building invaluable experience.
Pricing & Operations
We are pleased to be able to hold our flying rates & landing fees at the current levels for the time being. You may be aware that due to staffing shortages in ATC, SFH at weekends can be a little unpredictable at the moment. We are negotiating a solution with the airport but nothing has been agreed yet. Flights during weekdays should be unaffected but if you want to fly at weekends, please call Candy in the office, she will be able to advise any restrictions on your intended flying.
We are delighted to announce that Captain Duncan Bickley has been appointed as a Flight Instructor Examiner meaning that Aeromega is able to offer Flight Instructor Assessments of Competence (AoC) to Flight Instructors during the last 12 months of their FI authorisation. Please click here to go to our FIE page and find out what is involved.
Our Head of Training, Captain Duncan Bickley has just passed the landmark of logging his 5,000th hour of instruction given. Duncan has been instructing since 1998 and with Aeromega Helicopters since 2004. He has trained numerous PPL, CPL and FIC students in the Robinson R22, R44, R66, the B206 Jet Ranger and the EC120.
What does he say about teaching people to fly helicopters? “Flying a helicopter is without doubt, one of the most challenging activities you can undertake. Teaching someone else raises the stakes even more but it is incredibly rewarding. You get to see customers who once walked through the door as novices working in the industry earning their living as professional helicopter pilots. Others who fly their own helicopter into an altiport in the French Alps or even fly to pick up their daughter from Glastonbury. It gives you a real buzz to know that they enjoy such experiences because of the knowledge that you have passed on.
Check out the new Aeromega Hi Visibility rig that we’ve just acquired. Airfield security compliant and very stylish in the corporate colours.
Head of Training seen here modelling the XXL size.
BE SEEN – BE SAFE
Remember wearing a Hi Viz is mandatory when airside.
Carrying Passengers SN-44
Robinson have issued the above safety notice giving advice to all pilots.
Click here: SN 44 Carrying Passengers
All pilots please read and particularly note the recommended number of hours before carrying passengers.
Please be aware that the revised price list for 2017 comes into effect on the 1st February.
Please take a moment to acquaint yourselves with the new rates before you next fly.
Whilst price rises are always unpopular, it is worth noting that this is our first increase for three years. We have been able to hold rates due to the lower price of fuel but the rising price oil price is beginning to have a significant effect.
Also increasing costs of maintenance, regulatory oversight and rent mean that we have had to bite the bullet and raise our rates this year.
As always, we are grateful to our customers for their continued support and look forward to flying with you soon.
Some of you may notice that we have changed the format of the website slightly, mainly to make it a bit more usable on phones. All the same information is still there, we have just swapped the Menu structure around a bit. Let Duncan know if you can’t find something.
Hope it’s better to use.
CALLING ALL NIGHTHAWKS!
Now that the clocks have changed, the dark evenings are upon us. This makes it hard to stay current during the winter months as days are short and the weather is less dependable.
Why not take the opportunity to experience flying at night? It is an amazing experience and you will learn a great deal in a very short time. You don’t need a full night rating (15 hours) but you can get a valuable insight into Night Flying in just a couple of hours with an instructor.
You will get real value from understanding the difficulties you might encounter when it starts to get dark! During December and January, we can start night flying as early as 16:00 and go on to 20:00, so why not book in with Duncan for a couple of sessions. Duncan has been night flying at Cambridge for 18 years and has overseen 20 + night ratings.
Prices and fees are charged at our normal rates and can be arranged through Operations, please give us a call on 01223 294488.