Great New Opportunity – Weekend in Paris
Last weekend 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 2018 and have a number of ideas to challenge our pilots during the coming months.
The Alpine Appreciation Trip is due to go ahead, leaving for Megeve on 23rd March 2018. As this is a week earlier than usual, you may find accommodation harder to come by this year. If you want to be part of this extravaganza, we’d recommend paying your deposit as soon as possible and booking your flights and accommodation equally sharply.
We are also planning a couple of weekend 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.
Later in the Summer, we are hoping to make another foray into the wilds of Scotland, then Ireland and maybe even Wales on the way back. As always these are fairly loose plans at this point in the year but hopefully we will be putting some meat on the bones by April.
We are pleased to be able to hold our flying rates at the current levels for the time being however landing fees at Cambridge have gone up with effect from 1st January 2018, you will now be charged £17.50 plus VAT per sortie.
Greetings One and All and Happy Xmas.
Great to see so many of you at the Customer’s Christmas do on Friday. Hope you had a good time. I gather the world slowed down a bit on Saturday!
As the festive season is upon us, I thought I’d publish our opening schedule for the coming weeks.
23rd Open as usual
24th, 25th 26th and 27th Closed
28th, 29th & 30th Open as usual
2nd Open subject to Instructor availability
Please book in through the office as usual.
Also, don’t forget to book your place onto the Alps Trip: 23rd – 31st March 2018
Have a very Merry Xmas and a Great 2018
We are very sad to announce that our long time customer Phil Taylor took off on a navex for the other side last Sunday. Phil started flying fixed wing many years ago at Sywell and first flew helicopters with Burman’s before Cambridge Helicopters aka Aeromega were founded. He loved flying and tried very hard to be as good a pilot as he could be.
He will be fondly remembered for smuggling back a whole lobster from Le Touquet in an R22 and flying G-CDAW under some power lines when making a precautionary landing near Six Mile Bottom.
His father was in the RAF and Phil always turned up to SFH with his flying gear in his dad’s Royal Air Force brief case. Invariably going to Old Warden which he loved visiting.
Phil also had the distinction of being on an Aeromga Alps Trip to Megeve when the helicopters didn’t make it due to fog in the Channel. Still it was a very sociable trip but sadly Phil never managed to return to experience flying in the mountains in their full glory. Around that time Phil was diagnosed with a particularly nasty form of lymphoma. Thanks to UCL, the chemotherapy sent him into remission and it was so successful that he managed to get his aviation medical back and fly once more which was his goal.
Unfortunately the chemo was so powerful, it destroyed his immune system and eventually the illness came back. Determined to make the most of what little time he had left, he bought a vintage MG which he had always wanted. Less than 2 months ago, he went on a wonderful trip to Le Touquet in G-WEAT with his wife Jan and sister Isy. Phil bought us all a ship-full of seafood for lunch and we will have the happiest memories of the beautiful day which proved to be his helicopter swan song.
Thanks Phil for your love of flying and your longevity as a customer. You will be much missed.
Bonjour mes amis!
We are proposing a day trip to Le Touquet, Paris Plage on Friday 25th August 2017 which is the start of the bank holiday weekend.
Our aim would be to leave Cambridge no later than 09:00 local to get to France in time to have lunch, explore the town and return to Cambridge before close at 18:00. The Paris Plage airfield is very friendly and a Channel Crossing is good experience for anyone who has not yet crossed an FIR boundary. Once there, it is a short bike or taxi ride into town where the restaurants are excellent, particularly if you like seafood. There is a very pleasant beach and an interesting assortment of shops.
The trip is open to all PPL holders – we’d like to take the R44’s but might consider R22’s if there is enough enthusiasm. Please let Candy know if you are interested and pay your £100 deposit to secure a booking.
Duncan & Team
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.
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.
Starting the final preparations for Altitude Appreciation 2017
Excited team of pilots: Check
Enthusiastic Staff: Check
Excellent hosts: Check
Emergency rations: Check
3 well prepared helicopters: Check
Blinding Weather: TBA…………..