Safety Notice for Carrying Passengers

Robinson Helicopters have raised safety notice SN 44 Carrying Passengers regarding the additional risks of carrying passengers. It underlines the importance of a thorough safety briefing for all passengers before flight which is a legal requirement anyway.

A useful video has been produced to remind pilots of their obligations when taking passengers flying.  Please watch this video and ensure you adopt similar practices to those mentioned.

The Safety Notice also goes on to recommend minimum hours for newly rated pilots to carry passengers. Whilst Safety Notices are useful in identifying areas of increased risk, they are not mandatory.

Aeromega customers are well trained and we already have a framework to support and monitor newly rated pilots who wish to self fly hire helicopters carrying passengers.  In completing our risk assessment, we have produced our own guidance on how the risks identified in this Safety Notice will be mitigated. All rated pilots are requested to read and absorb the recommendations and be aware of the requirements of our framework.

New Toy – a Robinson R66 Turbine Helicopter joins the Aeromega Fleet

G-RMARWhat can we say but Congratulations to our customer Marfleet Civil Engineering Ltd who have just purchased a beautiful R66 helicopter.  Roy and Ian have just completed their R66 type ratings and today Roy flew it into Cambridge so that we could all have a gander at this exciting new type for Aeromega.

We are particularly excited as Marfleet have kindly agreed that G-RMAR can be added to the Aeromega Training Fleet for type rating training and self fly hire. Together with our R66 Panelpartners, we hope to be operating this helicopter for activities as Pleasure Flying, Corporate Hospitality Events, public transport for weddings and sporting events:- The Epsom Derby, Royal Ascot, motor racing racing at Silverstone and Goodwood.

We are working hard on getting the various approvals that we need in place and very much hope that within a couple of months, our customers will be able to experience this incredible machine.

New R22 Safety Notice

R22 SN 43 A5 PrintRobinson Helicopters have issued this safety notice regarding flights after maintenance checks. It is stating the obvious but nevertheless a timely reminder that we are all human and that there are certain times when extra care is essential.  Please remember there is only one pre-flight check and that is a full check.     You can print out an A5 sized copy by clicking on the image below for insertion into your copy manuals for future reference.

Alps Trip 2015

We are very excited to announce that the 2015 Alpine Experience Trip is set to depart on 6th April 2015 for Megeve in the French Alps where we will spend the week. We are planning on taking 3 R44’s again and there is still availability for qualifying customers to join in the fun.

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Click on the Pic for Ali A’s amazing vid

Ian and Duncan will again be leading the trip and its great that Ali will be able to join us for part of the week.  Ali has been busy in the editing suite putting a little appetizer together to get you warmed up for the cold. Click on the pic!

The trip is open to qualifying Aeromega customers who are PPL (H) holders.  For more information, contact Duncan on 01223 294488 or at cambridge@aeromega.com

 

Tim Hage CPL (H)

Well done to Tim Hage who passed his CPL (H) Test with Captain Geoff Day on Tuesday September 2014.  Congratulations from all at Aeromega.

 

Tim has worked very hard during his course to overcome several challenges; losing his original instructor due to medical reasons, then having to travel to Coventry airport to get his Night Qualification sorted which meant flying till midnight.

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CAA Examiner Geoff Day congratulates Tim after his successful flight test.

 

 

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New Captain Tim Hage, flanked by CFI Capt Duncan Bickley (L) and Capt Ian Mills (R) CPL Instructor

 

Well done also to Instructor Ian Mills who took over as CPL Instructor and completed the course with Tim with minimal disruption.

I Want to be a Helicopter Pilot – R22 or R44 ?

Many new students find it difficult to decide which helicopter type will be best for their training.

We have just added a new page laying out some of the considerations that you may wish to take into account in making your decision.

Click here or look at the Training Menu above.

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Required Publications

As an ATO, we have an obligation to hold certain documentation to be immediately available to Staff and Customers.  To make access to this documentation as easy as possible, we have created a new webpage from which all required documents can be accessed.

 

Select Member Resources and then Required Publications for simple acccess to the documents. These options provide a link to the official websites where such documents are available for public perusal.  Please report any links that do not work correctly to Aeromega’s Head of Training.

Round Britain Rally

Last weekend saw two R44’s complete a trip around Britain in 3 days! Four customers and two instructors completed a 1,300 mile rally around some of the most beautiful parts of our country.  Tim Gilbert did an amzing job organizing the logistics in relatively short time and everything worked out brilliantly.  After last year’s successful Lands End to John O’Groats in a day adventure, it was decided to attempt the reverse trip.  However being August, Tim’s hand was forced a bit and we had to forego getting righIMG_0442t to the very furthest ends of the country to be assured of a bed for the night.

DAY 1

Setting off from Cambridge on Friday morning, Roy and Daniel had to deal with a bit of a murky start but that soon cleared and we made our way to Breighton for our first fuel stop. Breighton is very laid back and the fuel pump takes your credit cards so it is very efficient.

Tony and Ian then took over and flew the next leg up to Scotland. We skirted Linton and Leeming staying just to the East of the Pennines and were soon approaching the Firth of the Forth for Fife!  Another warm welcome at Fife FuelFife where the the guys from Tayside Aviation were so delighted to see us that they tweeted the fact that Fife had 3 helicopters and only 1 fixed wing in.

Swapping pilots again after a hasty pasty, we boldly set off to Wick.  Here our good fortune with the weather began to desert us. The highlands were there but somewhat shrouded in showers.  Duncan elected to steer his crew up over Dundee towards Aberdeen the Lossiemouth and Tim favoured the central route over Perth and up the great Glen. Both routes had their challenges but we got as far as Inverness albeit with a little diverting up and down valleys to avoid showers.  Crossing the Moray Firth to the Crommarty Gap was spectacular but the beautiful scenery was soon obscured by the showers, so Roy carefully picked his way up the East coast of Scotland avoiding all the windfarms.   IMG_0453Thankfully there was a brief respite in the showers and we located Wick and landed uneventfully.  Dan arrived shortly afterwards and we all enjoyed the complimentary cup of tea and Kit-Kat relieved that we were ahead of the worst of the weather. Two and a half hours later and we were still waiting for the weather to go through but with modern technology, we could see the rainfall radar confirming the confident locals’ assurance that it would blow through. Planning to head along the Northern Coast then down the West of Scotland to avoid any low cloud, we were happy to see the weather open out and made a more direct route down the great Glen toward our overnight stop at Mull.

The views flying along Loch Ness were completely breathtaking and the leg provided an excellent exeMull OS Maprcise in decision making due to a number of showers lurking around the mountain tops.

Approaching the Craignure Inn on Mull was a fine lesson in hotel approaches.  The touchdown areas were quite tight, a bit sloping and required slow, careful accurate flying. Tony did a fine job to get G-MARF right next to the window of the indoor swimming pool.

Duncan then marshalled in G-CFCM into the other even tighter spot.  Tim even had the presence of mind to have briefed the possibility of having to open the rear door to check he was clear of a bush.

The usual excited reactions came from the guests enjoying a sundowner on the terrace and we were delighted to join them as soon as we had secured both the helicopters Mull 1and our rooms.  The Inn at Craignure has a local seafood bar which was just what the doctor ordered as served some of the best mussels we have ever tasted. Ian even invented a new cocktail whilst we were there!

DAY 2

After a full Scottish breakfast including haggis and both black and white pudding, we prepped the helicopters for a short flight to Oban for fuel. The views were outstanding as we crossed Lismore Island to arrive at 10.01 thus avoiding the out of hours landFellsing charge.  Oban seemed an idyllic place as we could see right back across to Mull but the very helpful refueller pointed out that its not always like that. In 14 years of holidaying at Oban, his mother-in-law had never yet seen Mull.  At that point Tim noticed a shower was brewing up above Mull and suggested we set off to get ahead of it.

Flying South to the Isle of Bute, we squeezed between Glasgow and Prestwick’s airspace, over Kilmarnock and Lockerbie to Carlisle for more fuel. We set off for Welshpool routing through the low level corridor between Liverpool and Manchester.  Manchester ATC was under some serious pressure with a large number of arrivals  meaning we were somewhat left to our own devices.  It was a relief change frequencies and hear the rather more relaxed Welsh lilt of the lady FISO welcoming us to Welshpool. In a flurry of activity Ian left us in a taxi to get a train to Birmingham, then back to Cambridge as he had other commitments whilst the rest of us enjoyed the packed lunches courtesy of the Craignure Inn.

Next leg was Daniel’s favourite bit as we flew south across the Brecon Beacons whereFells 2 the scenery was again stunning. Crossing the Bristol Channel at Porthcawl and down the Devon and Cornish Coast past Newquay. Arriving overhead of Perranporth just too late for fuel, we routed straight for Falmouth instead of Land’s End where Alan the Farmer had mown an enormous H to help us find his landing Falmouth Parkspot.                                  Another challenging off airfield site, with a couple of power lines and some tall trees exercised the pilots who again did a fine job. Taxis to the Falmouth Hotel only took 10 minutes and within 20 we were enjoying a pint in the hotel bar.

It was Carnival night in Falmouth, so it was going to be difficult to find a restaurant but Fish and Chipsan inspired guess by Tim found us enjoying some gourmet quality fish and chips in Rick Stein’s place, accompanied by the odd beer.

The follwing morning, we hopped out of Falmouth into the historic Perranporth Airfield where it was warm and completely silent. Perranporth was an important WWII aerodrome and an is nearly all protected with orginial runways, tower and bomb proof bunker. Again we were made to feel most welcome and our thanks go out to all those who helped us make our visit to the South West so enjoyable.

Compton AbbasNext stop was Comption Abbass which is the most delightful little airfield on a hill just South West of Boscombe Down.  Not only was the restaurant clearly very popular but they have a Pilots’ express food ordering system which allows flyers to jump the queue which was very useful. Highly recommended for a visit.

The final leg was back to Cambridge and we followed separate routes.  CFCM went North to Marlborough the Eastwards taking in as many of the chalk horses as they could find around Membury whilst G-MARF routed via Romsey, Marlow and Panshangar back to CambridgeHome Sweet Home. Thus ended our Round Britain trip and we are grateful to all those who were involved. Aeromega takes great pleasure in seeing PPL’s tackle such challenges and we welcome anyone who wishes to fly with us on our adventures.

Particular thanks to Tim for the organisation, Tony for the photos and Dan, Roy and Ian for taking up the challenge.

Ian Talbot – CPL (H) Modular Course Graduate

We are all delighted for Ian Talbot, – now Captain Ian –  who completed his CPL (H) Modular course with Aeromega Helicopters in July 2013.  Ian completed his skills test with a CAA appointed examiner on the 16th July in an R44.  Ian is an extremely experienced aviator, having ratings on the R44, B206, MD500, EC120 and Enstrom 480 as well as being an instrument rated fixed wing pilot.italbot_test

His CPL (H) Modular took a little longer than normal due to him breaking his elbow just after starting the course. Thankfully he recovered quickly and was able to continue with his CPL training without too much of a break!

Here Ian is being congratulated by Head of Training, Capt. Duncan Bickley after completing the CPL (H) Modular Course Flying Training.