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.

Dan Mercer Passes PPL (H) Skills Test

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Dan MercerMany congratulations to Dan Mercer for passing his skills test on 7th May 2014.  Dan had to cancel his test four times due to inclement weather, so understandably he was very relieved to get through the day before the rain arrived.  Nevertheless the sun had disappeared by the time we managed to get his PPL Passed photo taken.  Well done Dan!

Helicopter Lessons UK

Are you looking to take a few helicopter lessons or start pilot training for a helicopter licence in the UK?

Aeromega Helicopters are one of the longest established and best helicopter training DSC_0105flying schools in the UK. Based at Cambridge International Airport, on the edge of the world renowned and prestigious university city, Aeromega has a reputation for the highest quality training and an outstanding safety record. It really is the best place to learn to fly a helicopter.

Whether you are looking to start a full helicopter training course or simply want a one off experience to celebrate an event, we can provide whatever you desire to fulfil you helicopter dreams.

Home Sweet HomeRotary flight is the most amazing experience and you will not be disappointed! Contact us today to find out more!

Look at this picture of us approaching the helispot at Cambridge.  This could be you in the pilot’s seat one day!

 

Once you become a pilot, you might get to experience stuff like this:

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Don’t wait for life to happen to you,  – book a flying lesson with us now!  We are helicopter lessons UK!DSC00115DSC00069

Helicopter Flight Experiences and Experience Voucher Companies – Cut Out the Middle Man!

There are a large number of Experience Voucher Companies operating in the UK who claim to offer helicopter flights or lessons. upset-guy-300x228Some of these are long established and reputable companies with a long track record and some are simply an individual with a website acting as a middle man broking the services of Flying Schools. These Voucher Companies will take your money, send you a voucher and then make the booking with a helicopter flying school. This suits many people and may well be ideal for your requirements.

However, if the Voucher Company goes bust, you will lose your money!  Alternatively, the company may sell you a voucher but may not be able to get a booking with an operation that is the most convenient for you. Lessons may have to be re-arranged due to weather, in which case you will have to re-book and communicate through this third party. You will also probably pay over the odds as the voucher companies like to add their profit onto the price charged by the flying school. So why not cut out the middle man? Go direct to your local helicopter flying school.

July 2013 028 - CopyIf you want to purchase an introductory helicopter flight or a helicopter trial lesson, we recommend that you purchase a voucher and make your booking direct with a CAA Authorised Training Organisation (ATO) like Aeromega Helicopters.  We actually owns and operate helicopters and can issue our own vouchers just as quickly as a broker.  ATO’s  are professional, CAA recognised flight training schools run by Commercial Pilots and Flying Instructors who fully understand the intricacies and subtleties of operating helicopters. They will give you the best value for money and you will by flying with highly qualified, experienced pilots who earn their living from rotary wing flying.

The choice is yours  – but remember  – it always pays to talk to people who actually do a job rather than someone who just sells a ticket or voucher from a desk!

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.

EASA PPL (H) Theoretical Knowledge

With the implementation of EASA, a new set of requirements has come into force requiring the written exams for the PPL (H) to be tackled in a certain manner. The source information can be found in the CAA information notice IN-2013/061 available to be downloaded from the CAA website.DSC_0128

 In summary, there are 9 exams:

Air Law, Operational Procedures, Communications

Navigation, Meteorology, Flight Planning and Performance

Principles of Flight, Aircraft General Knowledge, Human Performance

You have to pass all 9 exams within the following constraints:

●          You have 18 months from the date of your first attempt to pass all 9 exams;

●          You have 3 attempts to pass each subject;

●          You have six sittings to pass all exams.

NB: A sitting is defined as attending an examination centre for the purpose of taking one or more exams and can last for a period of up to ten days. It is therefore no longer possible to study and then sit individual exams since this would require at least nine sittings.

We are recommending the following approach for PPL students:-

photo (3)Study and sit 3 exams at each sitting;

Any re-sit constitutes a new sitting, so failed papers should only be re-sat along with new subjects;

Probably the best strategy is to tackle the subjects in the order of the 3 groups as laid out above.

Under EASA rules which came into effect on 1st September 2013, PPL (H) students need to complete a structured course of training covering the syllabus of the 9 subjects comprising of a minimum of 100 hours.

The Aeromega Helicopters structured course is specified in the company’s PPL (H) Training Manual, but broadly, it requires completion of the following:

Aeromega students are recommended to enrol on its branded PPL (H) online course.  This course keeps track of time spent studying and ensures that the whole syllabus is covered.

Prior to each sitting, students are required to spend one hour of one-to-one groundschool with an Aeromega Instructor, who will assess the candidate’s knowledge and verify that they have completed the required modules of the online course.

Candidates who do not wish to use the online course may study from other published material such as the AFE or Trevor Thom range of books.

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.

Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, East of England, Hertfordshire & Essex Helicopters ready for takeoff!!

” Fly a helicopter? –  It’s something I have always wanted to do!”  When your job is teaching members of the public how to fly a helicopter, you get to hear that a lot.  Our business is teaching the people of Cambridge, Suffolk, Norfolk, Herts and Essex helicopter flying skills.  Based at Cambridge Airport, Aeromega Helicopters are the premier helicopter training school in East Anglia.

Formed over 20 years ago, we are a stable and established helicopter flying school with a first class fleet and a team of dedicated professional instructors.

If you are one of the many who say “It’s something I have always wanted to do! “, Dominic LawfordNow is the time to do something about it!  From a 30 minute trial lesson to a Helicopter Flying Instructor Course, we can provide a bespoke package to help you achieve your dream.