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!

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.